Waterproof Flooring 101

Waterproof flooring seems like an easy fix to those messy spills, or pets having accidents. However, not all flooring may be the best for waterproofing an area in your home.

When used to describe flooring materials, the term organic refers to plant-based materials, such as solid hardwood, engineered wood, or bamboo. When presented with moisture, these organic flooring materials will quickly begin to decompose, and they can soon become infected with a variety of bacteria and molds.


On the other hand, the term inorganic refers to products that are made from synthetically refined chemicals, and they are usually resistant to the effects of moisture.

Now, onto the difference between waterproof vs water-resistant. Waterproof: impervious to water. Water-resistant: able to resist the penetration of water. Waterproof is permanent, meaning that the water will never be able to penetrate the flooring no matter the amount of time that has passed. However, with a water-resistant floor, the water will eventually be soaked up into the flooring material.

Areas of your home that are damp, moist, or wet pose challenges for flooring because there are so many flooring materials that are vulnerable to mold, rot, and mechanical breakdown of the makeup when they are exposed to moisture.

Best Waterproof Flooring

Sheet Vinyl: This is a 100% waterproof solid surface and usually is has very few seams that allow water to penetrate the surface.

Tile: Tile’s top surface is made of a durable glaze that will not let any liquids seep through, which makes it ideal for waterproofing bathrooms. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are great for waterproofing. They are both almost impenetrable and will not let liquids soak in, allowing for easy maintenance and worry-free cleaning.

Tile Flooring

Worst Waterproof Flooring

Carpeting: Once wet, carpet dries out extremely slowly. Generally, no matter what type of material the carpeting is made from, you should not install it in wet or even semi-wet areas.

Solid Hardwood: Most solid hardwood flooring will not work in below-grade environments such as basements and is strongly discouraged for bathrooms where water is prevalent. Also, the edges of pre-finished hardwood are often beveled, which can channel water into the seams. When water is absorbed into the wood, the wood starts to swell and eventually cracks if enough water is taken in. In turn, this then leads to more money spent because now the wood has to be replaced.

Hardwood Flooring

Although waterproof and water-resistant sound like the exact same thing, purchasing a waterproof floor can ensure that all will be okay. At the end of the day, even though all floorings are different, waterproof flooring is still waterproof flooring. There is never a need to worry. To learn more about waterproof flooring materials, contact your local flooring professionals today.


Sources: https://www.thespruce.com/, https://www.flooringinc.com/

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