What is Waterproof Flooring?
Need flooring for your laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, or really any room that is prone to moisture? Then we highly recommend waterproof flooring. And when we say waterproof – we mean 100% waterproof. No water or moisture will damage or penetrate the material.
Instead of being treated with a special coating to protect it from water, this type of flooring is designed with a fully waterproof material. Excessive moisture could be left on the floor for any amount of time and it stays uncompromised. Want to test it out? Take a piece of waterproof vinyl and submerge it in a tank of water. Take it out after a few days and it will be as good as new.
Attention Houston shoppers! It is important to note that while this flooring is 100% waterproof, water in large quantities can still seep into cracks and damage your subfloor. Especially for victims of a flooding event, areas along the wall and floorboards are vulnerable to some damage despite the durability of waterproof flooring. However, the good news in this scenario is that you will only need to repair any damage to your subfloor. The waterproof flooring will be as good as new and can save you the expense of a whole new floor.
The Best Waterproof Flooring Option
Considered to be the best 100% waterproof flooring option, Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is your top option. Today’s waterproof vinyl plank flooring is designed with performance and style in mind. When exposed to water, the material shows zero discoloration and the plant will not curl up at the edges.
Compared to vinyl selections of old, luxury vinyl plank flooring is the go-to choice where moisture protection is needed most. In addition to being 100% waterproof, luxury vinyl planks are also scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, fade-resistant, and anti-slip. And if that’s not enough, their realistic wood-look makes for a popular and cheaper alternative to real hardwood flooring. If you want floors that are waterproof, affordable, and easy to install, look no further than luxury vinyl.
Note: Even though this floor is 100% waterproof, it’s not recommended for use in outdoor areas. Also, immediate cleanup of spills is still recommended for the longevity of your floor.
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Water-Resistant vs. Waterproof Flooring
Often confused with the other, waterproof and water-resistant flooring offer different features. Waterproof flooring can withstand any amount of water, from moisture in the air to flooding without damaging the floor. On the other hand, water-resistant flooring can handle a small amount of water for a short period of time and requires immediate clean up to be protected from any long-term damage. While not exactly water-proof, it is more forgiving than other floors (like carpet), as long as spills are handled quickly.
Most hard flooring options (like laminate, hardwood, and tile) are treated with a special coating to protect it from minor spills – as long as they are cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time. Since they only have a top finish that resists water, you should choose a waterproof option for areas that are likely to get wet.
Water-Resistant Laminate Flooring
Need moisture resistance, but don’t need a waterproof option? Laminate flooring is a great water-resistant option and the most commonly used. Its outer layer is usually waterproof, but the seams between the planks can allow water to seep in and potential damage the core. More affordable than waterproof flooring, laminate provides some protection against water spills and is also scratch-resistant. It makes sense to go with laminate and save some money if you don’t need a 100% waterproof floor.
Water-Resistant Tile Flooring
Tile flooring is another popular water-resistant option – one that can be coordinated with walls, counters, backsplashes, showers, and mosaics for incredible design appeal. They can be installed in wet areas like in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as other rooms in your home. Something to consider when shopping is that different styles provide different levels of slip resistance. For even greater defense against water, keep your grout lines smaller when installing tile floors to ensure easy cleanup and prevent growth of mold and mildew.
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Call us today at (936) 441-2026 for a quote and more information on our waterproof flooring. When you are ready to find the perfect waterproof floor to install in your home, visit our showroom and let the shopping begin.