Certain rooms in a home—laundry areas, mudrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and even lower level basements—see tremendous amounts of moisture and dampness. These extreme humidity levels can trigger all sorts of issues such as warping and even allergic reactions. However, by properly installing waterproof flooring in your home, you can eliminate these potential problems!
We love waterproof floors at Twenty & Oak because they have so many wonderful benefits!
1. Simple Maintenance and Easy Cleanups
One significant benefit of installing waterproof flooring is that it’s relatively effortless to maintain, meaning homeowners can worry less about how long their pet’s accidental piddle has been by the back door.
In fact, waterproof flooring is a breeze to keep clean. Unlike more porous woodgrains and materials, they repel stains and resist moisture from routine activities. Any wet footprints trailing from the bath or spills from toppled drinks can be wiped clean with a non-abrasive, damp cloth.
Because waterproof flooring repels liquids and stains so well, the maintenance only requires a gentle scrub to remove dirty, grime-encrusted areas. Yearly cleanings and maintenance are not necessary for waterproof flooring, unlike other materials such as carpet, grouted tile and hardwood flooring.
2. Long-Lasting Durability
Waterproof floors feature easy maintenance, durability and are long-lasting for many years. In fact, many waterproof floors are rated for use in commercial spaces, which sees plenty of foot traffic. Unlike some flooring materials, such as carpet, waterproof flooring can last for many years without needing to be replaced.
3. Moisture-Resistant Qualities
Showers create steam and moisture on a daily basis. And there is also the occasional overflow of the dishwasher in our kitchens, plus the multitude of other splashes and puddles that occur. Aside from accidental spills from kids or drinks, there’s always the possibility of a leaking pipe or an unusually heavy amount of humidity.
For particular floors, such as solid hardwoods, warping issues like cupping and buckling can create an unsightly room. However, not only does moisture and humidity cause aesthetic damage, but it can also be dangerous to your health and the health of your family. Mold and mildew can grow beneath, resulting in allergies and causing sneezing and watery eyes, as well as more severe respiratory issues. Installing waterproof flooring in your home not only reduces unattractive warping and swelling issues but also prevents the spread of mold and mildew spores caused by topical spills that have penetrated seams.
4. Increases Your Home’s Resale Value
Last but not least, installing waterproof flooring in your home can increase your home’s resale value, mostly for all the reasons listed above.
Even if you install waterproof flooring in limited areas of the home, such as the kitchen, laundry room or basement, it appeals to modern homebuyers who seek a hassle-free option. Waterproof flooring is available in a range of pricing options and styles suitable for installing throughout the entire home as well.
Some Waterproof Flooring Options
Now that you understand the many benefits of installing waterproof flooring in your home, you may be wondering what looks and styles are available. This is why Twenty & Oak put together this breakdown to help you discover some excellent waterproof flooring options for your home.
Vinyl flooring offers a rigid waterproof core made of WPC (wood plastic composite) or SPC (stone plastic composite). Luxury vinyl flooring, such as LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and LVP (luxury vinyl planks), are perfect options for waterproof flooring in the home. These types of vinyl flooring products are quite resilient and exceptionally affordable for homeowners on a budget. In addition, LVT and LVP lend a striking resemblance to hardwoods and stone.
Palmetto Road’s waterproof flooring options offer a variety of styles that mimic the natural beauty of hardwood floors. Plus, Palmetto Road’s rigid core is perfect for areas in the home with excess moisture and heavy traffic. Also, take a look at Metroflor’s luxury vinyl for a quiet flooring option.
The Boardwalk collection from Beauflor is an SPC option that features incredibly realistic textures and visuals and is even approved for a three seasons room. Grand Isle from Palmetto Road features the beauty of hardwood in an on-trend range of colors in an affordable 100-percent waterproof solution.
Waterproof hardwood flooring has been an exciting recent development, blending the organic, natural beauty of genuine hardwoods with the durability of waterproof floors.
Raintree waterproof hardwoods are revolutionary when it comes to waterproof floors. Not only are they classified as authentic hardwoods, but their hybrid style is just as practical and easy to maintain as vinyl flooring. Discover more about this amazing flooring product through Brand Spotlight: Raintree.
Although not as impervious as Raintree, we do offer the Hearthwood, which is a water-resistant hardwood flooring.
Twenty & Oak Experts
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