It has long been a conundrum to have a beautiful floor and one that holds up to anything. That is especially difficult in rooms prone to wetness and moisture, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area. Even the flooring in a foyer after a rainy day can become problematic. If you have pets and/or children, or if you entertain frequently, you know that any room can fall prey to a wet mess. The great news is that there are plenty of waterproof and water-resistant flooring options to choose from, so you’ll be able to get the appearance and style you are hoping for. Here are a few to consider:
- Tile Flooring – Tile has a glazed surface that is naturally waterproof. With the many styles on the market today, including those that mimic wood and stone, tile is a popular option for kitchens, laundry areas, and bathrooms.
- Laminate Flooring – Not all laminate flooring can handle wet conditions, but there are products that stand up amazingly well. It is best to consider the waterproof materials more as water-resistant, as they can be damaged if standing water is involved.
- Carpeting – Waterproof carpet? Seriously? The reality is that technology is taking us in this direction, with carpeting that has a stain and soil repellents that let you easily blot up spills rather than having them saturate into the carpeting. Carpeting with a waterproof backing keeps wet spills from reaching underneath, so you won’t end up with a damaged underlayment or mold issue. Be sure to read the specifics, as some carpeting is only water-resistant. Be prepared to spend more for truly waterproof carpeting.
- Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Before you think about the linoleum-style rolls, know that luxury vinyl flooring is much different. It is extremely durable with wear layers that can withstand even more than wet conditions. This product also has plenty of styles, so you can install a floor that easily fools people into thinking you have wood or other natural material.
If you would like to know more about flooring that stands up well in wet areas, stop by and see us at Carolina Flooring. We have a wide range of flooring options, as well as more than 40 years of experience choosing quality products and installing them properly. We look forward to serving your flooring needs.