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Luxury Vinyl Plank: Waterproof vs Water Resistant

Luxury Vinyl Plank: Waterproof vs Water Resistant

When it comes to choosing flooring for your home, there are many options to consider. One thing that should be considered is whether to install waterproof or water resistant flooring or to go with no water protection at all. Making this decision should be based on where the flooring will be installed and what your flooring budget will be.

So what’s the difference between waterproof and water resistant flooring?

Waterproof flooring is a more expensive cost up front but has benefits that can save you money in the long run. Rigid core luxury vinyl flooring is a durable and waterproof option-this material does not deteriorate even if exposed to water for an extended period of time. Waterproof flooring can help prevent moisture in the air due to climate. It keeps flooding from infiltrating the flooring material. One thing to keep in mind is that waterproof flooring is typically not resistant to sun damage. Waterproof flooring is a great option for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements. Outdoor installation is not recommended for waterproof vinyl flooring.

Water resistant flooring is less expensive than waterproof engineered luxury vinyl planks. The installation process is typically easier with water resistant laminate or vinyl. Water resistant flooring will allow a certain amount of time for water to sit on top of the floor before it absorbs into the material. This option lasts longer than non-water resistant materials, but is still vulnerable to water after a certain amount of time.

Non-water resistant flooring such as hardwood while beautiful are often impractical due to the fact that water will ruin these floors. There are many water-resistant or waterproof flooring choices available that mimic real hardwood, but give you much more durability.

Choosing a type of flooring should be a decision that is thought out and researched. Consider where the flooring will be installed and if there is a high change of water being on the floor. When choosing a floor, use this blog as a guide to help you decide between waterproof vs water resistant options for your home.

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