Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:14 AM
Waterproof Flooring -- Is That Really A Thing?
Yes, it’s really a thing – in fact, it’s the hottest thing in flooring right now.
While there are several floors that might qualify waterproof, the term waterproof flooring generally refers to today’s luxury vinyl products (although some laminate floors are also claiming waterproof performance).
Shown: Coretec, MetroFlor Engage, Congoleum Duraceramic, Mannington
But for the most part we’re talking SPC (solid polymer core) and WPC (wood plastic composite).
Made primarily of vinyl with cores that are not reactive to water, these floors also feature click installation systems that can withstand sitting spills. They’re so good, in fact, that many waterproof floors offer not only warrantied protection against spills, but also against pet accidents.
Waterproof vinyl floors also offer other advantages which may account for their growing popularity: Distinctive visuals that emulate wood and stone are so good that many of these floors can pass as the real thing; great performance features with scratch- and scuff-resistance built right in; easy installation; and many can be installed directly over existing flooring (but always check first).
While these products are designed to withstand common household spills, flooding is another matter and may be beyond the capabilities of most waterproof floors.
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