All about waterproof flooring

All about waterproof flooring

It wasn’t so long ago that people had only two choices if they wanted waterproof flooring: tile and luxury vinyl. These products are stylish, durable, easy to clean, and affordable but, as technology evolves, so do flooring products. We now see an even newer generation with more realistic visuals and enhanced waterproof capabilities, stability, durability, and stain-resistance. Both new products are terrific alternatives for those who want the beauty of wood looks without water issues.

Waterproof vinyl flooring: The hottest thing on the market

This is engineered luxury vinyl. While vinyl itself repels water, this flooring comes with a technologically advanced core, the WPC (wood plastic composite) or SPC (stone plastic composite), that won’t peel or ripple no matter how much water there is or for how long it’s submerged. While both cores have the same functional capabilities, the feeling underfoot is different, with WPC being softer and more resilient while SPC is firmer and more rigid.

As for style, it’s the same as for luxury vinyl, whether it’s in plank or tile form. Images are taken with high-definition photography and available in an almost unlimited number of colors. Micro beveling and embossing add depth and dimension and textured appearances, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed.

When it comes to performance, we explain to our customers that heavier vinyl is sturdier and more durable, less noisy, and provides more comfort. The wear layer should also be 20-mil in thickness, especially if it’s in a busy room with a lot of foot traffic. Wear layers are the top, clear, strong, melamine sheets that protect the floor from scratches and scuffs, so bigger is better.

Waterproof laminate flooring

For a long time, consumers longed for laminate that was waterproof. Laminate has always been praised as stylish, affordable, durable, and highly water-resistant, but there was also a chance that some liquid could penetrate and stain. Now there’s a newer version, with the same aesthetics and function, with special backings and coatings to stop any absorption, so spills are no longer a worry.

Flooring America Fairfax is a family-owned-and-operated business that’s been serving the Elkton, MD community for over 30 years. With strong ties to the area, we’re well-versed in regional trends and your concerns and challenges--and we know that water issues are the biggest concerns when selecting flooring. To find out more about waterproof flooring, and to get a free quote, visit our showroom in Elkton, MD, especially if you live in Fairfax, VA, Arlington, VA, Springfield, VA, Alexandria, VA || Tysons Corner, VA. You’ll be glad you came in!
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