Water Resistant VS Waterproof Flooring

There are several options to consider when choosing new flooring. You will often hear the words waterproofing and water-resistant when talking about laminate, types of vinyl, and even hardwood. Understanding the differences between waterproof flooring & water resistance is essential in choosing the right floor for you and your family. 

Waterproof Vs. Water Resistant differences

The most significant and noticeable difference between water-resistant and waterproof flooring is that water-resistant is only resistant compared to actual waterproof flooring. Waterproof floors are also more expensive than water-resistant flooring because they provide more protection.

What is Waterproofing Flooring?

Waterproof flooring means it’s impenetrable to water. This flooring is often used in bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens where there is more contact with water. If you live in an area prone to flooding, waterproof flooring would be your best option, as the water will not damage your actual floors. However, it’s essential to remember that waterproof flooring doesn’t mean you still can’t experience water damage if water gets to your subfloor; instead, it means your actual floors are protected from harm.

What type of floors is waterproof?

We currently have Luxury Vinyl tiles, laminate, and even some hardwoods considered waterproof. Tile is also wholly waterproof & an excellent option for homeowners who don’t want the worry of water damage. Tile comes in a variety of styles & colors to get a customized look. LVT & laminate can mimic the look of natural hardwood & other popular patterns while protecting against moisture damage. Our Waterproof Wood Floors are natural hardwood floors with a sub-layer of moisture protection, and they provide resistance to moisture, pet stains, and routine water spills.

What is water-resistant flooring?

Water-resistant flooring can withstand more water than carpet, natural stone, or regular hardwood flooring. However, it can not stand prolonged exposure to water. Water-resistant flooring is an excellent option for living rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens. However, they require more “maintenance” as spills must be cleared immediately. If you spill something on a water-resistant floor, your floors won’t be damaged as long as you clean them up. However, if you spill something and leave it without cleaning it up, water can get into the seams and cracks and eventually cause damage.

What type of floors is water-resistant?

We currently have a wide array of water-resistant laminates designed to withstand moisture or spills better. They come in a range of colors and styles to customize your space. Check out our blog on waterproof & water-resistant laminate flooring for more information about water-resistant laminate!

Which one is right for me? 

Having waterproof or water-resistant flooring in your home is always a good choice, especially in water-deposed areas like kitchens and bathrooms prone to more spills. If your budget allows, we suggest waterproof flooring in areas you KNOW will be exposed to water at some time or another, like bathrooms and basements. Those are the areas we always caution our customers on regarding weather-resistant flooring. Waterproof flooring can be installed in any room, but water-resistant flooring requires more thought. For example, if your washer sometimes leaks on the floor, water-resistant flooring is not a good option for the laundry room.

This article originally appeared on AvalonFlooring and has been updated.