The Best Waterproof Flooring for High-Traffic Areas in Your Home

Those who reside on or near the East Coast are no strangers to rain. Plus, ANY household with children and pets are p/too-familiar with spills of various types. The bottom line: it doesn’t really matter what the source of moisture is. The result is often the same if your flooring isn’t waterproof: either stains or damage. For those who seek protection from unexpected spills, splashes, and weather, what is the best waterproof flooring option for your home?


One of the most beautiful, allergen-free flooring options is hardwood flooring. Tile, for many homeowners, is another top choice. But how do hardwood and tile hold up against water? Over time, hardwood can warp as a result of too much water exposure. And, with tile flooring, there is the danger is of grout seeping in between tiles. Excess moisture can then damage the subfloor below.

No one’s saying you must sacrifice an attractive hardwood or tile hearth room or bedroom. Rather, why not arm the high-traffic, water-prone areas of your home with waterproof flooring? Kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and hallways are often best served with an option that is both durable and waterproof.

Two affordable, strong, and waterproof products are vinyl and certain types of laminate. Take a look:

  • Waterproof Vinyl 
    Waterproof vinyl is made from a durable plastic material equipped with a cushioned bottom layer. Waterproof vinyl planks have a host of other benefits in addition to repelling water. This option is:

    • Resistant to scratches, tears, and other surface damage
    • Resistant to fading and staining
    • Durable with a long-lasting lifespan
    • Comfortable as a walking surface
    • Diverse in appearance and style
  • Waterproof Laminate
    Waterproof laminate flooring is comprised entirely of plastic. Similar to vinyl planks, waterproof laminate offers additional benefits, which include:

    • Simplicity in cleaning requirements and maintenance
    • Durability in design, constructed for longevity
    • Affordability in price
    • Diversity, with a variety of subtypes to choose from

When mentioning the variety, diversity, and style of the best waterproof flooring options, what does do we mean?

At Floor Coverings International, our waterproof vinyl options include styles that resemble both tile and hardwood in any shade—light, dark, or in between.

Our laminate selection mirrors the natural look of many attractive hardwood varieties, like Walnut, Pear, and the lighter Sycamore.

What About Water-Resistant Flooring?

Waterproof and water-resistant flooring are not the same. Water-resistant flooring products can bear some exposure to moisture but not for prolonged periods of time. One of the telltale signs that flooring is not waterproof is curling or warping. This occurs when the edges of each individual flooring section begin to appear misshapen, curling upward or outward.

Making a conscious choice to utilize waterproof flooring ultimately saves time, money, and resources. At FCI, our flooring experts are dedicated to helping you find the look you want that will withstand moisture, all for an affordable price.

Preserve Your New Waterproof Floor

One of the best ways to preserve and maintain your laminate and vinyl flooring is to keep it swept regularly. Here are a few additional tips to get the most out of your new floor include:

  • Place doormats at points of entry
  • Use cleaning products that are specifically intended for vinyl and laminate (conversely, refrain from using cleaners intended for wax-based floors)
  • Avoid using cleaner and water, even on waterproof floors.

If you’d like to learn more about how to protect your high-traffic areas with the highest quality and best waterproof flooring possible, Floor Coverings International can help. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us today!

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