Yes, luxury vinyl is most definitely waterproof, and that's just one of the many benefits of this affordable yet premium product.

What waterproof means, exactly

When you are shopping for waterproof flooring options, you'll hear many marketing-speak that only confuses the issue. To simplify it, waterproof is not the same as water-resistant. Waterproof is impenetrable to liquid, is made of waterproof materials, and is without any special coatings that would help protect the product. The capability becomes inherent.

As a result, it is often the case with luxury vinyl, impermeable from bottom to top, meaning that it can be submerged or spilled on and still be okay with just a wipe. Water-resistant products repel, but only for a limited time; when not wiped quickly, they'll eventually break through a barrier, soak, stain and ripple.

Other benefits

These waterproof floors are also stylish, with true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile. Micro beveling and embossing add depth, dimension, and textured looks; as an added design option, the material can also be cut into planks to mimic hardwood or groutable squares for stone and tile echoes. Many feel the extra seams add to the realism.

With the durability to stand up to kids and pets, these floors are multi-layered and five times thicker than the original vinyl. Actual luxury vinyl should measure at least 8-mm in thickness while the wear layer, a top transparent, strong melamine layer, which guards against scratches and scuffs, should measure separately, at 20-mils.

These floors are easy to care for with regular sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Installation can be a fast and uncomplicated floating floor where the pieces click together, mat, then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue.

Since1981, Carpet USA has been providing high-quality products at affordable prices with dependable service. Including professional installations, hardwood refinishing, rug binding, floor repair, and more. To learn more about waterproof flooring (or us) and to get a free quote, come into our showroom in Vancouver, WA, especially if you live or work in or around Battle Ground, Ridgefield, and Camas, WA, and Portland, OR.