Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof Vinyl

Waterproof Vinyl Flooring

Waterproof Vinyl, often referred to as Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP), is renowned for its robust waterproof capabilities and versatile designs. At its core, Waterproof Vinyl is composed of multiple layers that contribute to its durability and water-resistant properties.

  1. Top Layer (Wear Layer): This is a clear, protective layer that provides resistance to scratches and stains. It’s what makes LVT/LVP so easy to clean and maintain.
  2. Print Layer: Beneath the wear layer is a high-resolution photographic layer that realistically mimics the look of wood, stone, or other natural materials, providing a vast array of design choices.
  3. Waterproof Core: The core layer is the heart of waterproof vinyl. Made from a composite of plastic or stone-plastic composite (SPC), it ensures that no water can penetrate through the planks. This makes LVT/LVP an excellent choice for areas prone to spills and moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
  4. Backing Layer: This layer adds structural stability and can come with built-in underlayment for extra cushioning and sound absorption.

Waterproof Vinyl is praised for its ease of installation, often featuring a click-lock design that allows the planks to be easily snapped together. It’s a versatile, stylish, and practical choice for any area of the home.

Waterproof Laminate

Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Waterproof Laminate is a newer innovation in the flooring market, building upon the traditional laminate with enhanced water-resistant capabilities. Like waterproof vinyl, it consists of multiple layers:

  1. Wear Layer: This top layer protects against scratches, impacts, and fading, keeping the floor looking fresh and new.
  2. Design Layer: A high-resolution photographic image that replicates the look of wood, tile, or stone.
  3. Water-Resistant Core: Traditional laminate used a fiberboard core which wasn’t water-resistant. Waterproof Laminate, however, uses a core that is treated or coated to repel water, preventing it from swelling or warping when exposed to moisture.
  4. Backing Layer: This layer provides stability and is often designed to resist moisture from the subfloor.

What sets Waterproof Laminate apart is its ability to offer the authentic look and feel of hardwood floors while providing improved resistance to moisture. It’s suitable for areas where humidity and spills are a concern but where the charm and warmth of wood are desired. While not as impervious to water as vinyl, modern waterproof laminates can withstand spills and moisture if cleaned up promptly, making them a viable option for homes seeking a balance of style, durability, and water resistance.