4 Tips About Toilets, Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring
In Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring: Room x Room Series, Brad Young, laminate flooring installation tech expert with Kronotex USA, offered six tips for installing laminate floors in the bathroom based on your usage footprint.
In this next article in the Room x Room series, Brad tackles the toilet, sharing 4 tips about how to successfully install laminate flooring in a bathroom and around a toilet.
Four tips about the toilet, bathrooms and laminate floors
Probably what is most intimidating about installing new flooring in the bathroom is dealing with the toilet. It's rather large, heavy, filled with water and attached to the plumbing. Oh, and if you don't do this one right you could have a wet, messy disaster on your hands!
The challenge is, of course, that the floor has to go up underneath the toilet fixture, up to the closet or toilet flange, and also allow for the appropriate expansion gap. That means you'll have to remove and replace the toilet or bidet to install your laminate floor.
Here are four basic tips for successfully dealing with a toilet while installing laminate flooring in the bathroom.
1. Get your proper potty training! Understand how to install a toilet.
You'll find many online resources with good instructions on how to replace and install a toilet. For example, check out Lowe's online guide for replacing a toilet or "How to Install a Toilet, Step by Step" by Scott Gibson on the "This Old House" Website. If you are a visual/video learner, check out Home Depot's video on how to replace or install a toilet.
2. Accommodating a variance in laminate floor thickness while installing the toilet
One of the questions I'm often asked has to do with how to deal with variances in floor thickness while installing a toilet.
More specifically, if the new laminate floor being installed is thicker than the one being replaced, will the integrity of the toilet be in any way affected?
The answer is no because of the wax ring. The wax ring sits on the flange and makes a water-tight seal that is thick enough to accommodate a variety of flooring thicknesses including one thicker than the original flooring. That means you don't have to be worried if your heart is set on installing a 12 mm Beaufort or Beaufort Traditions floor in your bathroom!
Note: Make sure you thoroughly remove the old wax ring before putting in the new one.
3. Cover up as much flooring area as possible under the toilet with laminate
Even though the toilet or bidet fixture base will cover a lot more than just the plumbing opening, we recommend you take the laminate floor up to the flange, leaving an expansion gap between the edge of the floor and the verticle obstruction on the flange.
The finished opening in your laminate floor hidden underneath the toilet should resemble a circle, not a rectangle. There are a two reasons for this:
- This provides the maximum amount of protection from topical moisture for your floor, seeping in from the outside, and
- It provides the maximum amount of stability for the toilet to rest on.
4. Always use glue and seal the laminate plank edges when installing toilets
We can't stress this enough: always use glue when installing laminate flooring in the bathroom around toilets! Toilets represent a water source. The Kronotex USA rule of thumb is to glue planks that are within 5 ft. of a water source.
As always, read the installation instructions on this website and included with every package of Kronotex USA laminate flooring. Don't forget to check our handy FAQs, too!
If you’ve got a particular question about toilets, bathrooms and laminate flooring, let me know.