Wet, rainy days are a breeze when you have the right type of waterproof flooring in your home. Imagine your kids and dogs coming bounding in from a walk dripping with water. In the past, this would have been a nightmare, whether you have hardwood or carpeted floors. Only outdated materials such as linoleum were in any way waterproof.
All that has changed, however, and there are several different types of flooring to choose from.
Vinyl floors have been around forever, but now they have a new lease on life. The material typically has 4 layers, although this varies between manufacturers. These include:
- A cork underlayment, which is more comfortable to walk on and offers better acoustics. Having it as part of the flooring material means you no longer need to buy a separate underlay so it reduces the installation time and the cost
- A waterproofing layer, which is vital to making sure the flooring keeps its promise
- A printed layer made from vinyl, that comes in a high-resolution, wood-look print
- A wear layer, that makes it easy to clean and protects the flooring from wear and tear. It also increases stain resistance and ensures allergens have no place to hide.
This kind of flooring comes in tiles, sheets or planks and carries a rating for high or low traffic areas. It can be installed on any level of the home for a great, waterproof wood look.
Wood plastic composite (WPC) vinyl is the latest new material to hit the market, and an exciting wood flooring alternative. It provides a rich, warm, hardwood experience and comes in a range of high-quality colors and textures.
WPC vinyl planks are exceptionally durable and 100% waterproof, which means they won’t expand or contract from moisture. You can install these literally anywhere in the home, and some versions also include the underlayment.
This type of flooring is pricier than other types of waterproof flooring, but when you choose WPC vinyl you’re paying for better quality and more versatility than you get with other materials.
Most people are accustomed to seeing ceramic or porcelain tiles in bathrooms and kitchens, and the reason why these are a popular choice is because of their waterproof surfacing. The tiles are practically impenetrable and their non-porosity ensures liquids don’t soak in and stain. Most tiles are durable enough to withstand heavy traffic, and they have a top layer of durable glazing, which helps keep them easy to clean.
These tiles are great in decorative or mosaic styles, but if you want to install them in other moisture-prone areas such as your entrance, mudroom or living room, you can now choose from some amazingly realistic stone and wood designs too.
Of course, these aren’t the only types of waterproof flooring to choose from. Watch this space for information on waterproof laminate and rubber options in the near future.