You will take considerable care to ensure your floors are as durable as the manufacturer touts them to be. Spills, nonetheless, still happen, and some floors are installed in wet areas like the bathroom and kitchen where water is inevitable. Water damage will significantly affect the durability of your floors and leave you grappling with significant losses. The best choice for all rooms in your home is a waterproof floor.
Waterproof and water-resistant are terms used interchangeably by some floor suppliers, but they denote different things as a carpet fitter in Bath will attest. “Water-resistant” flooring resists water and is not easily penetrated but “waterproof” floors are 100% impervious to water. Long-standing water pooling might thus affect water-resistant but not waterproof floors. The following are your waterproof flooring material alternatives.
Vinyl floors have been around for ages but are now the leading choice for property owners. The floors comprise four layers; the cork underlayment, waterproofing layer, print layer, and a wear layer. The cork underlayment is comfortable for walking on and has acoustic properties while the waterproofing layer ensures your floor delivers its promised protective benefits. The printed layer is responsible for the aesthetic benefit of your vinyl floor while the wear layer is easy to clean and will protect the other layers from staining and wear. Vinyl floors can be used on tile, laminate, granite and cement subfloors but will fade if installed outdoors or indoors in direct sunlight.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tile
Tiles have been the leading choice for bathrooms for a long time. This is because their top layer comprises a durable glaze that averts the passage of liquids into the underlayment, making it a waterproof solution. Moreover, tile is also stain-resistant, easy to clean, recyclable, cheaper than vinyl, and comes in several decorative and mosaic styles. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are nonetheless cold, hard on the feet, and challenging to install.
This material is no longer the cracked, old linoleum seen in old properties but is instead a luxurious and vibrant material that comes in designer colors and designs. Some manufacturers use a resin compound with a woodchip base that will then be glazed to create laminate. The resultant product is a water-resistant rather than a waterproof floor. The waterproof laminate comprises 100% plastic. It is cheaper compared to vinyl for your floors but will not offer as much cushioning for your feet as the latter will.
Up until recently, carpets were the last thing people consider when looking for a waterproof floor. Thanks to technology, there are now carpeting options made of synthetic fibers that are stain-resistant and completely repel water. Most manufacturers make the carpeting from thermoplastic backing that will magically blot spills. Though costly, waterproof carpeting is easy to maintain, caresses, and cushions the feet and comes in several colors and designs.
With these tidbits, you now know how to make your choice of waterproof flooring material. While the above materials might be somewhat more expensive compared to others, their durability and protective qualities make them worth it. Even the best waterproof floor will not deliver its purported benefits without professional installation, so ensure you pick the best expert for your floor’s installation.