Waterproof Flooring Options

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Waterproof Flooring Options
Flooring that repels water is very useful in your home. (tiles image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)

When moisture of any form finds its way underneath your floor, it can be very inconvenient and expensive to remedy. Choosing a flooring option that effectively repels water can be very useful in certain areas of your home. The kitchen, bathroom and main entry points of the house are typically heavy traffic areas and prone to moisture. A waterproof flooring option that suits your style and budget can make your life a lot easier.

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Tiles

Floor tiles are a common sight in many kitchens and bathrooms. They are easy to clean, and with the proper grout and adhesive application, can create a watertight seal that will last. Tiles come in a variety of different materials, including natural stone, ceramic and porcelain.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring has been around since the 1950s and is a popular choice in modern homes. It is very versatile in terms of style and appearance. You can find vinyl flooring in single pieces or in rolls. For waterproofing, rolls of flooring would work better because there are less seams and gaps for moisture to get in.

Linoleum

Linoleum flooring was invented in the mid to late 1800s. It was a very popular flooring choice up until the 1950s when vinyl made its splash on the scene. Linoleum has enjoyed resurgence due to the fact it is made largely from natural materials. It typically includes linseed oil, rosin, cork dust, limestone and wood flour.

Rubber

Rubber floors are typically found in gyms and health clubs, but are finding their way into homes more and more. They come in sheets or interlocking tiles and aside from repelling water are durable, slip-resistant and easy to clean.

Laminate Flooring

Generally, laminate flooring will not offer much in the way of waterproofing. Water can seep in between the pieces of floor and cause damage underneath. However, waterproof laminate flooring has extra components to protect against moisture. A melamine wearlayer is a clear resin-filled membrane that covers the top of the flooring and resists moisture. Waterproof laminate also includes a high-density fiberboard in the middle. This is designed to absorb impact, but will also protect against moisture getting in.

Cork

Cork flooring comes in a wide range of styles and colours, and is a good waterproof option for your kitchen or bathroom when properly sealed and caulked. Cork is 50 per cent air and has natural sound-absorbing qualities. It is also durable and won't dent and scratch like wood floors.

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