What Type of Caulk for a Laminate Floor Perimeter?

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What Type of Caulk for a Laminate Floor Perimeter?
There are several choices for laminate floor caulking. (Floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com)

Caulking around the perimeter of a laminate floor is important for keeping moisture from seeping underneath the floor in kitchens and bathrooms and for preventing dirt and particles from collecting underneath the floor.

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Types

Latex, silicone and acrylic caulks are used for sealing the perimeter of a laminate floor. There also are caulks made with a combination of latex and silicone and silicone and acrylic.

Colours

Silicone caulks are available in white, clear, brown and other colours. Latex caulks usually are either clear or white. Some acrylic caulks are colour matched to manufacturers' laminate flooring colours.

Considerations

One hundred per cent silicone caulk often is recommended by flooring manufacturers. It is softer, more pliable and lasts longer than latex caulk; however, it cannot be painted. Latex caulk is usually less expensive than silicone. It can be painted and cleans up easier but dries harder and does not allow for as much expansion as silicone. Acrylic caulk is mildew resistant, which is an important consideration in wet rooms.

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