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Guide To Waterproof Flooring

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When looking at your flooring options, don't overlook the possibilities in waterproof flooring. These cost-effective but luxury flooring products can be the perfect choice for certain rooms in your home. Not only are they attractive, but waterproof flooring options can also even guard against damage in the home.

Benefits of Waterproof Flooring

Water seeping through a floor does more than simply cause damage to the flooring. The water can get into the subflooring and lead to rotted flooring joists, wooden subfloor materials, and insulation that may be under the subfloor. Mold and mildew under the floor are also major issues. In multi-story homes, water leaking through flooring can also have major impacts on the rooms below. Moisture damage to ceilings and even furnishing underneath is a huge concern.

Of course, there is also the more immediate benefit of damage prevention. A waterproof floor is more damage resistant, so it won't require repair or replacement as often due to water damage. It is also easier to clean compared to the alternatives since it won't absorb stains and dirt.

Where to Use Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof flooring is most often used in rooms where moisture can be a concern. The most obvious locations are in the kitchen, the bathrooms, and in the utility or laundry room. For this reason, there are many attractive and highly decorative waterproof options on the market.

Less obvious places to use waterproof flooring should not be overlooked. Entries and mudrooms, for example, can be exposed to a lot of moisture as well as dirt. In homes with small children, it can be useful to put waterproof flooring in dining areas to help protect against spills. Finished basements, especially in areas with moisture or flooding concerns, are another good candidate for waterproof flooring installation.

Flooring Types and Options

Vinyl is likely the most familiar type of waterproof flooring. This type comes in a range of colors and designs, as well as at various price points for every budget. Unlike vinyl tiles, waterproof vinyl usually comes in rolls. This minimizes seams, which in turn minimizes leak points.

If you prefer the look of wood or even stone, there are products available for these design preferences, too. Wood and stone polymer composites combine natural wood or stone granules with a polymer to create a rolled flooring product similar in function to vinyl but with the real warmth and look of natural wood or stone.

Contact a waterproof flooring dealer to learn more about your options.