The executive suites of five-star hotels and classy resorts are not the only buildings with waterproof floors. Now, with the introduction of a wide range of easy-to-install and relatively inexpensive waterproof materials, ordinary citizens and DIYers have waterproof flooring in their homes.
Waterproof flooring is impossible to dislike: it is generally easy to clean and install, it is durable and longer lasting compared to other materials, and most of all, it looks luxurious. So, if you have not yet gotten your own home waterproofed, here is a quick guide to choosing the best for you.
Tiles are the tried and tested waterproof materials. They make up the walls and floors of bathrooms and other wet areas in the home. Both large and small buildings have used them for centuries.
Tiles come in many different sizes and designs. While some are monochromatic, some are given the appearance of stone or marble, and some even come in mosaic form.
The only downside of tiles is that they are harder to install compared to other waterproof materials. But when it comes to durability and ease of maintenance, this waterproof flooring material has stood the test of time.
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) vinyl
WPC vinyl is the revved up, waterproofed counterpart of the ordinary wood tile. This material has the dark, rich, and classy appearance of wood, but it possesses extreme durability and waterproof properties. The average WPC has at least four layers of materials, with the waterproof component being the bulk.
Manufacturers offer a diverse spectrum of WPC colors, ranging from dark to light wood, and many others. Compared to ceramic or porcelain tiles, WPC vinyl tiles have a softer surface, and this may be an advantage rather than a disadvantage especially if you have to stand around certain areas of your home and prefer a softer material under your feet.
While laminate is not entirely waterproof, many manufacturers are introducing more water resistant laminate flooring to the market. Laminate is comparatively cheaper compared to ceramic tiles and WPC vinyl.
Laminate is very easy to install. Even someone who has never tried DIY can install his or her own laminate on any surface, not just on the floor, after reading the manual or watching a tutorial online. Furthermore, it comes in a vast range of colors and designs.
Although unconventional, rubber is also used in homes, especially in the basement. Rubber is 100% waterproof, and it does not absorb water. It is also unique in the sense that it is resilient (bouncy), and is resistant to slippage, mold, and mildew.
Rubber usually comes in sheets or tiles, and is easy to install, uninstall, and reinstall in the event of flooding in the basement and elsewhere in the home.
Finding a balance
All waterproof flooring materials have their pros and cons, but they all have something in common: they are water resistant and easy to clean. Choosing the best material for your home will require you to find the balance between which perks you can handle and at what cost.