Want to give your laundry room an upgrade? You’re in the right place!

Laundry rooms see things that few other rooms in the home ever do—namely, a lot of water and weight. So, what’s the best flooring for a laundry room? 

Below, we’ll guide you through our 6 favorite options so you can choose the one that will best serve your space!

Qualities to Look for in Laundry Room Flooring

Waterproof Flooring Is Essential for Laundry Rooms (or at Least Water-Resistant)

You hope most of the water stays inside your washing machine, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. 

Often, wet clothes drip when you move them to the dryer, and sometimes, your washing machine springs a leak. Since water will be the most significant hazard in your laundry room, ensure your floor can withstand the wetness with waterproof or water-resistant options.

The Best Laundry Room Flooring Must Be Durable

Laundry rooms aren’t typically quiet places where people do their tasks calmly and gently. Aside from the super-heavy machinery that takes up space on the floor, people tend to stomp in and drop down heavy loads of laundry. 

The ideal laundry room floor should be durable, resistant to dings, and scratch-resistant for a better appearance and easier cleaning.

Stain Resistance Is a Plus

You may not feel like a mad scientist while doing your laundry, but you work with chemicals like one! Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and good ol’ bleach can all splash. 

So, if some contaminants get onto your floor, it’s essential to know that your flooring will retain its natural color after cleaning.

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Take a look at the floor selections offered by our most trusted brands and find the one that excels at meeting your needs.

The 6 Best Laundry Room Flooring Choices

#1. Luxury Vinyl Plank/Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVP + LVT)

Vinyl flooring is a budget-friendly and durable option that offers various attractive styles, even mimicking pricier flooring. 

When choosing between luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT), remember that they are essentially the same, with different appearances. LVP resembles wood planks, while LVT closely imitates tiles.

All vinyl flooring is waterproof since it’s made from PVC, but proper installation is crucial to maintain its waterproof properties. Consult a flooring professional to choose between glue-down or loose-lay vinyl for your laundry room.

#2. Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is another great choice. It’s ultra waterproof, super durable, and simple to clean. In addition, there are unlimited types of floor tiles, so you can easily find pretty styles to spice up your laundry room.

#3. Waterproof Laminate

Waterproof laminate flooring is an excellent laundry room floor because it’s inexpensive and a snap to clean. It doesn’t dent or scratch easily, either.

Just keep in mind, it MUST be the waterproof type as regular laminate is not water-friendly. Fortunately, there are many excellent waterproof laminates, like the ones sold by Liberty Home.

#4. Waterproof Hardwood

Yes, you can have hardwood laundry room flooring! 

Keep in mind that all waterproof hardwood is engineered, but not all engineered wood is waterproof. 

Waterproof hardwood works so well because each plank is protected all the way through from water damage. This means that exposure to water won’t cause your planks to swell or gap as long as it’s cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time.

#5. Sheet Vinyl

If you opt for sheet vinyl, you’ll get many of the benefits of vinyl but with extra reliable waterproofing.

One of the problems with luxury vinyl tile is that if the seams aren’t perfectly tight, water can leak through them and cause damage to your subfloor. 

Unlike LVT and LVP, though, which are almost always sold as click-together flooring planks, sheet vinyl is exactly what it sounds like: one big roll of soft vinyl that’s glued down. This dramatically reduces the number of seams that water can seep through – unfortunately, it also makes it super difficult to install. 

#6. Engineered Hardwood (Non-Waterproof)

While the waterproof option will always perform better, one of the qualities that makes all engineered wood suitable for laundry room flooring is that it’s the most durable wood flooring around—much more so than solid wood. It’s also more dimensionally stable than solid wood, meaning it won’t warp with changes in temperature and humidity.

Still, there are some disadvantages to engineered wood. 

It may be less expensive than solid hardwood, but it’s still rather costly compared to some other options on the market. Also, depending on the finish, it will stain—so beware of splashes of laundry detergent. And finally, it will be ruined if your laundry room floods or if leaks and spills aren’t wiped up quickly. 

About The Author

Courtney Daily

June 28, 2024

Courtney is a freelance writer who wears many other hats: kindergarten teacher by day, Broadway diva in the shower. She is a transplant Hoosier who originated in New England. When she isn't writing in her spare time, you will find her reading history books, arguing with her latest knitting project, or being beaten by her kids at most games.