Posted by          Flooring    October 25, 2017

In some areas of your home, moisture can be a problem. Which is why it’s important that you install the right flooring for the conditions of your room.

Manufacturers often state their products are “waterproof” or “water resistant”, but what is the difference?

Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof flooring will not degrade when it is submerged in water for extended periods of time. When we think of waterproof flooring, luxury vinyl is the first flooring to come to mind. If it sits in water, the color of the print film will not fade. It also means the wear layer will not curl up at the edges of the planks. Furthermore, the vinyl will not break down as it continues to sit in water.Waterproof vs Water Resistant Flooring: What’s The Difference?

Waterproof flooring can be installed in every room in your home. But many prefer it in places where moisture may be a problem: the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or the basement. Every once in awhile we are asked about installing it on patios, in rooms used as inside/outside entertaining areas. While the flooring may be waterproof, it isn’t warrantied for outdoor elements. That means cold, sun damage and other elements can impact it quickly. There are other options much more fitting these outdoor rooms.

Water Resistant Flooring

Water Resistant flooring will not be impacted by water in the short term, providing the water or other spilled liquid is mopped up in a reasonable amount of time. Water will not begin to penetrate the material from the moment it is spilled, like hardwood often does.

If a flooring is marked water resistant, it means issues can develop if water pools for extended periods of time. On vinyl planks, for instance, you may see discoloring or curling at the edges.

If you are installing a glue down water resistant flooring, we also recommend taking extra precautions and applying a moisture barrier to the subfloor. This barrier controls the moisture vapor emission rate from concrete slabs. It protects your floor coverings from moisture vapor and will ensure the integrity of the adhesive. For a floating system, an underlayment with attached moisture barrier is recommended.

Which is right for your situation: waterproof or water resistant? We have a wide array of options available whatever your needs.