10 Things You Should Know About Waterproof Flooring

By Sandy

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 10:39 AM

10 Things You Should Know About Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof floors

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Yes, it’s really waterproof. 

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Waterproof floors are very effective at standing up to spills and many offer warranties that cover surface spills that sit for up to as much as 72 hours. The protection is so good in fact, that several extend that protection to cover pet accidents as well.

Granted, even a waterproof floor may not hold up against flooding – but then again, some actually have! 

Rest assured that for day-to-day activities, your waterproof floor will hold up against almost all spills and accidents.

2. Easy DIY

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Easy Click Installation 

The same rigid cores and click locking systems that provide protection against spills also makes them a favorite among the DIY crowd. They literally fit with a snap and you can walk on the new floor immediately after installation, which means faster installation times with less disruption.

3. More realistic visuals than ever


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Realistic Hardwood and Stone Looks: USFloors CoreTec, Congoleum Duraceramic, Mannington Adura, Earthwerks 

High-definition printing, in-register embossing, longer board lengths and wider planks make today’s waterproof floors practically indistinguishable from the natural products they emulate. With better styling also comes greater design flexibility throughout more rooms in the home or in commercial settings.


4. It can be installed over existing floors

Most waterproof floors are approved for installation over existing flooring – although not carpet. That’s because the rigid core does not telegraph subfloor imperfections. Less subfloor prep also means quicker installation times. 

5. There are two different kinds 

Today’s waterproof floors are made primarily of vinyl but in two distinct construction methods – SPC (solid polymer core or rigid core) and WPC (wood plastic composite). WPC’s foamed polymer core allows for deeper embossing that can often result in more realistic visuals. SPC’s claim to fame is outstanding performance and its ability to withstand dents and heavy loads, even in commercial settings.

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Shaw Floorté, Karndean, MetroFlor Genesis 

6. Lots of bells and whistles 

Both WPC and SPC floors offer lots of other benefits besides waterproofing: Enhanced style and design allows them to be used throughout the home, including in signature spaces; they are perfect for wet environments like bathrooms, kitchens, entry ways and more; increased dimensional stability eliminates the need to have moldings to break up large installations; and, sound abatement and moisture mitigation underlayments are available.

7. New Standards

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While still a new category, waterproof flooring manufacturers have formed an industry association to establish and ensure safety, quality, performance and sustainability standards for these products. 

8. Going commercial 


Great for commercial settings where performance matters most

Initially limited mostly to residential settings, waterproof flooring has gotten so good that it is now being developed for high-demand commercial spaces. SPC in particular, because of its ability to bear heavier loads, has found its way into retail and hospitality settings. Multifamily housing and healthcare are two other markets where the growth of waterproof flooring is making great inroads.

9. Quieter and warmer underfoot 

SPC and WPC both already provide better sound absorption qualities than many other hard surface flooring, but they are also warmer and more comfortable underfoot than ceramic tile or even hardwood floors.

10. Easy to clean 

Waterproof floors have one more distinct advantage over most other floors – ease of maintenance. So easy, in fact, that a damp mop or Swiffer is about all it takes for regular maintenance. Then again, it's waterproof so feel free to get out the mop and bucket!

- Sandy 


By NYC floor pro     Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:05 AM

Very valuable info. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are great for waterproofing. These are virtually impenetrable and will not let liquids soak in

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