Water You Doing on Slippery Floors? A Guide to Water-Resistant Flooring
Our guide to water-resistant flooring tells you everything you need to know about keeping your floors safe and beautiful through years’ worth of spills. Find out everything you need to know about choosing the best option for your home.
The idea that water-resistant flooring should be reserved for kitchens and bathrooms is a thing of the past. As floor plans become increasingly open and mealtimes increasingly informal, it’s natural that homeowners be on the lookout for versatile floors that can withstand water over time. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a shortlist of the best water-resistant flooring options on the market, as well as some insights into why water-resistance is an option that all homeowners should consider. To learn all you need to know, just keep on reading.
Is It That Big of a Deal?
At first glance, water-resistant flooring may seem like a superfluous addition: sure, it’d be nice, but does it really matter if it’s going to potentially mean a slightly higher up-front cost? The short answer, of course, is yes. Water-resistant flooring may feel unnecessary at first glance: you may have spilled water on hardwood floors a handful of times without the world completely falling apart. That said, flooring is a long-term investment: we’re talking decades.
Not taking water resistance into consideration is one of the quickest and surest ways to significantly cut down on the lifetime of your beautiful, pristine floors. If your family includes children, pets, or kinda clumsy adults, consider water-resistant floors; if mealtimes tend to happen around the kitchen counter or on the couch occasionally, consider water-resistant floors; if you like to clean your floors regularly with something easy, like a Swiffer or a mop, consider hardwood floors. The reality is: numerous beautiful options for water-resistant flooring are available, and choosing one could save your family both money and time with repairs down the line.
Get to Know the Most Popular Options
If you’re worried about being limited by your decision to go with water-resistant flooring, rest assured: the options abound. Let’s take a look at some of the highest-quality and most-recommended options on the market.
This bathroom staple is an absolute classic, and it’s not going anywhere. Porcelain flooring is tremendously versatile when it comes to both color and design; if showcasing your creativity in your home’s decor is important to you, we certainly recommend taking this option into account (particularly for wetter parts of your home, like kitchens, mudrooms, and bathrooms). That said, porcelain is water-repellent, meaning that it can withstand decades of splashes and spills with virtually nonexistent damage.
Laminate is one of the most popular flooring options in general among homeowners, and for good reason: it’s a more affordable way to convincingly replicate nearly any other type of flooring. There’s an added bonus, too: laminate is extremely easy to install. That being said, it’s water-resistant, not entirely waterproof. This means that your laminate flooring is perfectly capable of withstanding spills, but it will sustain damage if pools of liquids remain on it for long periods of time.
We like to think of vinyl flooring as a sort of cousin to laminate. It is also an effective and more affordable alternative to pricier (and less water-resistant) flooring options, like hardwood or cork. Comprised of multiple layers, including a resilient protective coating, vinyl is one of the most successful available options when it comes to water resistance. In fact, it’s a generally very low-maintenance material known to do a great job at holding up against scratches and general wear and tear.
This one’s a little surprising, right? It may seem completely counterintuitive to list carpet as a water-resistant flooring option, but it’s no less true. Modern developments have allowed major strides to be made in producing resilient, water-resistant carpet that’s able to withstand spills and splashes without staining or mold build-up. Though not all carpet options are capable of this, it’s worth speaking with your flooring provider about the benefits of water-resistant carpeting for spaces like your living room and bedrooms. You’d be surprised at how effective this flooring option can be at withstanding water damage.
Water-resistant flooring is becoming more and more of a staple among modern homeowners, and it’s not difficult to see why: its general resilience, affordable choices, and versatile options accommodate for a variety of design preferences, lifestyles, and price points. If you’d like to learn more about your water-resistant flooring options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.