How To Find the Right Waterproof Flooring For Your Project

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There are a handful of situations where it is desirable to install a waterproof floor.  Until now, the only option for that kind of request was a hard surface covering like tile, marble, stone, and other natural products.

But, some clients want more options, and specifically, the look of wide plank floors.  Luckily, improvements in manufacturing capabilities have made it possible to create wide plank style flooring with the look of hardwood, but in a convenient, durable and long lasting wide plank vinyl flooring.

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Waterproof flooring works well in high traffic environments that will be exposed to excess moisture – hotel lobbies, basements, mudrooms, bathrooms, kitchens – all fall under this category.   There are several things to look for when considering a waterproof floor and this checklist will help you compare “apples to apples”.

1.Waterproof Without the Harsh Chemicals

In the world today it is possible to make products water proof, stain proof – really any kind of “proof” you may want. But this can come at the expense of introducing harmful chemicals into the manufacturing process.   Anytime you are considering a waterproof floor, make sure it also meets certain specifications and environmental regulations. For example, wide plank vinyl flooring from Torlys Smart Floors is waterproof, but they are also Carb2 compliant – so they meet the most stringent environmental regulations in the world.   There has been a lot of talk and happenings in recent years with flooring being installed in homes and commercial properties and having a big impact on the indoor air health quality.  By ensuring your floors meets certain requirements, you can make sure your interior remains healthy and clean.

Living Area with Beach House Everwood Premier Flooring

2. Waterproof At the Core

It may seem easy to find a waterproof floor, but you want to make sure the quality of the floor is more than just skin deep.   Specifically, how is the flooring made, what is the core made from.  Given the competitive nature of flooring today, it is not uncommon to find laminate, particleboard and plywood used to make waterproof floors, but this is  detriment to the quality of the flooring.  For example, untreated cork backings will quickly detach and deteriorate – impacting the overall quality of the floor (not to mention creating a situation that creates a lot of extra expense for repair and replacement).

One additional specification Detail you may  want to consider as well is whether there is any antimicrobial treatment on the backing.  Microban® is an antimicrobial protecting that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria and odors on the floors.   If your area is prone to excess moisture, this would be a good attribute for your new floor to have.

3. Waterproof with Benefits

Even though finding a new waterproof floor is your first priority, don’t settle for that design feature alone.  After all, the best waterproof floor won’t be around long if it is hard to maintain, dents too easily, or is not easy and quiet to live on.  And it certainly won’t be a very rewarding experience if its difficult to install, maintain or repair.

A few questions to ask to determine the secondary benefits of the waterproof flooring you are considering:

  • Do I need a subfloor before installing the flooring?
  • Do I need to use expansion gaps?
  • How long after install do I have to wait before I can move in?
  • Can the floor be repaired?
  • Is the floor dent proof?
  • Is the floor stain proof?
  • Is there a warranty?
  • Is the floor going to be loud to live on?

Take a look at the industry comparison chart below to see how many different types of flooring compare in some of the most important attributes and features.

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