The best waterproof flooring options – flooringinc blog grade 6 electricity project ideas

The hottest new thing on the flooring market is waterproof flooring, and we’re here to show you the best waterproof flooring options on the market. Now you can get that gorgeous, homey wood look you’ve been craving in every room of the home. Get ready to dive headfirst into the world of waterproof flooring.

Like that one time when your child dropped the open gallon of milk and it spilled everywhere, or when your adorable puppy accidentally confused the corner next to the tv with the grass in the backyard. This is when waterproof flooring comes to the rescue.

WPC vinyl is the hottest new thing to arrive in the vinyl market in years. We know what you are thinking – “what the heck is WPC?” Other than Wow Pretty Cool, there are a couple legitimate meanings for the acronym WPC. WPC can mean Wood Plastic Composite as well as Waterproof Core. The latter is easier to remember and important to our conversation.

Personally, this is one of my favorite wood flooring alternatives. It gives you that rich, sought-after, expensive wood look. WPC vinyl plank flooring has it all – high-quality visuals, extreme durability, a range of beautiful colors/textures, and some even come with attached underlayment.

WPC is the best of the best in the vinyl flooring world and hugely popular amongst homeowners looking for the look of traditional hardwood without the maintenance. It is also one of the most popular flooring options for commercial spaces and businesses. WPC Red Wine Challenge

Before we get into the details on WPC vinyl flooring, I want to show you just how legit these floors are. We wanted to put WPC vinyl’s ability to hold up to water damage and stains to the test and soaked that bad boy in red wine for 24 hours. We compared it to laminate and engineered hardwood to see how each floor would hold up.

• Printed vinyl layer. This is where you get your gorgeous photo imagery that makes the vinyl look (nearly) identical to natural materials like stone and wood. Often, WPC vinyl flooring is the highest quality vinyl on the market. This means you get the most realistic looks that people will swear are real wood/stone!

• Wear layer. Just like with traditional vinyl, the wear layer is like your bodyguard; it helps protect your floor from dents, scratches, etc. The thicker the wear layer, the buffer your bodybuilder. WPC indoor flooring is known for having a buff, beefy wear layers offering more protection. When you look at vinyl flooring, it’s just as (if not more) important to look at wear layer thickness as plank thickness.

• Perfect for imperfect subfloors. Little known fact: because waterproof vinyl plank flooring is so thick and durable, it can hide an imperfect subfloor. I know, I know, you don’t care what the subfloor looks like. But do you care about dropping a bunch of extra money leveling it beforehand? With waterproof luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring, oftentimes, you won’t have to.

• Realistic wood and stone looks. Seriously, vinyl is changing. Rapidly. The top-end vinyl floors are able to more realistically mimic natural materials better than ever before. WPC vinyl is the best of the best, which means the looks are usually incredibly convincing and beautiful.

• More resilient than ceramic tile. It’s true, you could just get a wood or stone look tile and it would also be waterproof. But tile is hard. Standing on a tile floor all day isn’t great for your joints or feet. Vinyl is more resilient and much more comfortable.

• Price. This is probably the only downside to WPC vinyl flooring. It comes with a lot of bells and whistles and the price can reflect that. Although, as more and more companies develop their own WPC lines, we are starting to see WPC flooring prices drop and become more affordable. Also, it’s still less expensive than solid hardwood with way less maintenance.

Tile is available in many different and attractive looks. Not only do these come in mosaic and decorative styles, but some of the more popular options mimic stone and wood – offering a convincing alternative to the real deal expensive stuff. Pros of Tile Flooring

• Gorgeous imagery. Have you seen contemporary floor tiles lately?! Not only do they still beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, now, they come in trendy, show-stopping wood looks as well. In fact, wood-look tile is one of the most popular contemporary flooring options.

• Cold underfoot . This can be great in warm environments, but it can be a total bummer to step onto ice cold floors in the winter. Tile does not retain heat as well as other flooring options and typically requires radiant heat in order to stay warm underfoot.

I’m sure you’ve either witnessed or experienced the effect water can have on traditional laminate flooring. In fact, in our testing, laminate was the least waterproof flooring option. Typically, it swells and stains, making it not only unsightly, but really, unusable.

Additionally, you can technically waterproof a laminate floor during install but that adds up time and money . You’d be better off buying a product that is already proven to be waterproof than to mess with a tricky nightmarish installation. Who wants to spend hours caulking seams when you can buy something waterproof out of the box?!

• Realistic wood looks . Laminate looks these days are so convincing that most homeowners can’t tell the difference between laminate and solid hardwood. Waterproof laminate flooring is typically ultra high-quality in terms of both construction and looks.

• Longevity. I gotta be real here…I just don’t think waterproof laminate flooring is going to be the next big thing. WPC vinyl flooring is booming and I think laminate got to the party a little too late to find a competing place on the waterproof flooring market.

Rubber as a flooring option may sound like something out of Willy Wonka’s factory, but it is actually a quickly growing trend. You can purchase rubber flooring in many shapes, sizes, colors and styles – giving you endless options to choose from.

The majority of rubber floors are made from recycled car tires. If you think about it, tires are designed to give you more traction on the road, especially when the road is wet from rain. Rubber is naturally resistant to water and provides traction in wet conditions .

This makes a rubber floor a great waterproof flooring option , as it will not absorb water or other liquids. Rubber floor tiles are a popular waterproof basement flooring option in areas where a lot of flooding happens. You can pull up, move and reinstall these tiles once the basement is dry again, which is quite convenient.

• The rubber smell . It’s true; initially, rubber does smell like, well, rubber . Once you give it a good cleaning and let it air out in the space for 1-2 weeks, this smell dissipates considerably. However, if you get right up and smell it, it will always smell like rubber.

• Waterproof carpet bathroom flooring . I know, I know, I just teased about the 1970s carpet. It’s still not my recommended look, but , if you want the warm, comfy feel of carpet in the bathroom, now you can have it without worrying about ruining your carpet with water damage.

• Waterproof carpet basement flooring . For a cozy place for the whole family to hang out, waterproof carpet and carpet tiles will warm up often-cold basements and provide a great place to hang out and watch a movie. Bonus: if you go with waterproof carpet tiles, you can easily replace a single tile if it becomes damaged, rather than ripping up your entire floor.