All about waterproof flooring

We want you to understand what waterproof means, so you know what you're getting. It refers to a product constructed of waterproof materials with no special coatings or other features. The product capability becomes inherent, and it can be submerged, as in an appliance flood or spilled on. Water-resistant means that, although it will repel water for a short time, it will eventually break through, soak and stain.

What is waterproof flooring?

Up until recently, your only waterproof flooring choices were tile and luxury vinyl, but now there are even more options. Waterproof vinyl flooring is an engineered version of luxury vinyl that’s even thicker and more durable and comes with technologically advanced cores, called WPC (wood plastic composite) or SPC (stone plastic composite. These cores won’t peel or ripple ever, no matter how much liquid there is or for how long.

With the same style as luxury vinyl (LVF), the product offers images of wood, stone, and tile, taken digitally and including micro beveling and embossing. As a result, your floors will have depth, dimension, and textured features. Like LVF, it can be cut into planks or groutable squares and is also low maintenance, needing only a regular sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner.

Installation is also easy, especially when it's a floating floor. Here, the pieces click together, mat, and hover without nails or glue. Of course, subfloors must be clean, dry, and level.

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Waterproof laminate flooring: The market’s been waiting for this!

A construction without any wood makes this laminate version spill-proof, eliminating concerns about soaking and stain. In addition, laminate can be installed in every room, including the kitchen and bath, always popular for the wood looks. Just specify whether you want this or the original version, which is still actively marketed.

Like the original version, this is highly durable and low maintenance, only requiring regular sweeping and periodic damp mopping. These floors are floating, where the pieces click together, mat, and then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue. Underlayments are often recommended; we advise you to speak with your flooring professional.

Got questions about your waterproof flooring choices? We’ll help you sort through it all. Come into the JA Worldwide Design showroom in Norcross, GA to look at samples, learn more and get a free quote. We’re convenient to Norcross, GA, Chamblee, GA, Duluth, GA, Dunwoody, GA, Atlanta, GA && Brookhaven, GA.