Flooring plays an important role in the aesthetics and functionality of a house. A beautiful floor of reclaimed barnwood flooring doesn’t just look incredible and ‘wow’ visitors, but can actually boost your home’s value. Purchasing a house is the most significant financial investment that most people will make in their lives, so when it comes to flooring, the stakes are high.
Nothing poses more of a threat to the well-being of your flooring than water—not even a giant pet dog that is overdue to have its nails clipped running in circles. Water has the unfortunate potential to irrevocably compromise your flooring if its presence in your home is not managed carefully. Moisture, and even humidity can have an adverse effect on your flooring.
When it comes to dealing with water, not all flooring is created equal. There’s a reason you don’t see carpeting in kitchens very often… or, ever. There’s a reason that priceless Italian rosewood doesn’t tend to be installed in bathrooms. These are not types of flooring that do well in moist environments. So, today we’re going to take a look at a few options for flooring that can stand up to the dangers of moisture.
Gold Medal: Tile Flooring🥇
For moisture prone areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, tile is by far the best flooring option at your disposal. The durability of tile flooring is very difficult to beat, especially when it comes to water and moisture resistance. It’s easy on the eyes as well, which certainly doesn’t hurt, but there’s more to tile flooring than immediately meets the eye.
Installing tile flooring won’t just protect your home from damage that could potentially hurt the value of your home; it will actually increase your home’s resale value. And water isn’t the only thing that tile flooring is resistant to; it holds up great against other common household threats like pet claws as well. The diversity of materials at your disposal in the tile flooring arena isn’t the only way that switching to tile can save you money; it’s fragmented nature will help ensure that (if you somehow manage to damage your floor) you don’t have to replace anything more than the few tiles that were compromised.
Silver Medal: Vinyl Flooring🥈
Vinyl flooring has found a permanent home in the hearts of flooring professionals because of its affordable cost and aesthetic flexibility. Because vinyl flooring is composed of synthetic polymer, it can be made to look like anything. The installation process for vinyl is a fragile one, but with seasoned flooring professionals on the job, vinyl can be extremely durable.
Because vinyl is laid in one, continuous sheet, it does a great job of repelling water. In fact, assuming that it has been installed correctly, it is nearly impervious to water damage. There are no cracks or spaces for water to seep through, so, in the event of a major spill, you will have ample time to arrive on the scene with a mop or a towel and clean it up. Of course, it will only hold up so long against standing water, but it will put up a great fight.
Bronze Medal: Laminate Flooring🥉
Laminate flooring isn’t water *proof*, as our first two flooring types have been, but it is a great water *resistant* option. Laminate flooring is a new arrival in the world of flooring, and it is quickly gaining popularity because it looks great, it’s easy to install, and it’s easy to clean. Aesthetically, laminate flooring is a chameleon that can be engineered to mimic anything from hardwood floors to stone, but without the need to actually use any of those materials,
Laminate flooring being water resistant, the areas of a home where installation would be acceptable is slightly nuanced. You can probably get away with installing laminate flooring in your kitchen, but we’d recommend that you don’t surround your bathtub with it. It should also be noted that, in addition to being water resistant, laminate flooring scores well in other areas of durability as well. It’s a great choice for high traffic areas of the house, and if there’s a little bit of water involved, that’s totally fine! But not too much water.
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