When picking out new laminate flooring for your home, it's important to ask if it's safe to install in bathrooms, basements and kitchens. As we know bathrooms are the biggest concern when it comes to moisture, and water spillage. Bathrooms are humid, especially a full bath (meaning it has a shower and or tub, a toilet, and sink or sinks) all these items use water and cause moisture to accumulate in the room.
So the question is can you install laminate in a bathroom? Yes, laminate is okay to install in bathrooms, often times it is recommended more for half baths (meaning it only has a sink and toilet) but it can be installed in any room, with the proper steps taken to prevent potential water damage.
Laminate flooring is not 100% waterproof in most cases, however there are steps that you can take to make the flooring waterproof and to be protected by the manufacturers warranty. Start by using a waterproof caulking and secure perimeter and all crevasses around flooring.
Now you'll want to protect the floor from water exposure as much as possible, to do that use rugs to step on when getting out of the shower, they're also good to place below sink and toilet as well (make sure to remove them if they start to soak through to floor).
Do what you can to control the humidity in your bathroom, this can be done using exhaust fans, opening doors and or windows, and not having the hot water running to too long.
If you use these simple steps you should have no issues with your laminate flooring being installed in any room in your home.