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Can You Use Laminate Flooring Outside?

Sarah Tidwell

Yes, laminate flooring is suitable for use outdoors if you purchase the weather-resistant product specifically designed to withstand the elements. Each layer of the laminate flooring is constructed to withstand water, so if one layer fails, the next is there to back it up.

The benefit of this type of flooring is that it looks just like the floors inside homes. Some homeowners even use waterproof laminate in kitchens and bathrooms to prolong the life of the floor despite frequent contact with water and other liquids.


Clean the surface at the location where you plan to install the flooring. Laminate flooring requires a flat, sturdy surface such as cement or smooth bricks because it’s assembled using straight panels, planks or tiles. Outdoor spaces are extremely susceptible to dirt and grime, so sweep the area clean and concentrate on the corners where extra material tends to gather. If the floor is composed of bricks or stones, focus on cleaning the crevice areas between each stone. Moderate or large debris sealed under the floor may cause irregularities in the surface.

After the surface is uncluttered, put down a barrier between the foundation and flooring. This mat will provide a slip-resistant surface and cushioning. You have a variety of options for the underlay so speak with a flooring store representative to select one that suits your needs. The covering is especially important if you have stone or brick segments as a base structure because the mat creates a flat surface over each of the crevices.


Laminate flooring uses plastics to replicate natural products such as stone, wood and tile. When the outdoor surface is clean, snap each piece of the floor together. The only tricky part of the installation is working near doors and walls because you must alter each piece to fit size requirements. It’s extremely important to keep your measurements precise because you want the edge of the floor to rest perfectly against any outer structures. Water that seeps between cracks resulting from improper installation may not ruin the floors but it can cause mold. Consider building in floor molds around the edge to prevent this mishap. This feature is helpful for preventing water seepage and adds a decorative characteristic.