I recently visited the home of a client who was working through a minor water problem in her laundry room. A broken water line in her laundry room resulted in some damaged laminate flooring in her hallway. Fortunately the washing machine was located on the main floor of the home, unfortunately more than a couple of pieces of laminate flooring right outside of the laundry closet were damaged. To make matters worse the laminate flooring that needs to be replaced has been discontinued and is no longer available to purchase. My client has a couple of pieces of extra laminate flooring but it may not be enough and she may be looking at having to replace the entire hallway with a different floor like tile.
So the moral to the story. When you are installing laminate or tile in your home, buy a little extra and put it in storage for a rainy day.