Materials such as luxury vinyl flooring, with a 100% vinyl core, are manufactured with the waterproof benefit as the intended result. These materials are created in layers. They may or may not include a backing layer, which is sometimes made of cork or vinyl. Next is the core which was created to be completely waterproof. Next is a vinyl layer, then a decorative layer, where the design and appearance come into play, and this is covered with a wear layer that can be purchased in a variety of thicknesses.
Most types of waterproof flooring are very durable, especially ceramic and porcelain tiles. These tiles resist scratches, scuffs, stains, fading, mold and mildew growth, and bacteria growth, for floors that look like new for years. However, other types of waterproof flooring are durable as well, including LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planks), LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles), and WPC (Wood Plastic Composite).
You can easily install this material throughout your home. This includes basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, foyers, mudrooms, and playrooms.
Installing waterproof flooring over an existing floor covering can be beneficial in providing extra support and stability, and extra insulation. Depending on the existing floor in question, you might even already have an underlayment or vapor barrier in place, meaning you’re only adding extra layers of protection. It also lessens the workload, since you don’t have to prep or repair a subfloor.
Waterproof flooring is an excellent choice for people with pets, as it’s incredibly durable and provides protection against accidents. Since liquids cannot penetrate waterproof flooring, messes are easier to clean up.
No. Waterproof flooring, due to its overall makeup, will never expand, not even in a full flood.
The best way to clean and maintain waterproof floors is with a damp mop with warm water and a diluted floor cleaner. Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaning tools, or “scrubbing” cleaners on your waterproof flooring.