Waterproof flooring is the latest evolution in flooring technology, but the term is pretty generic and doesn’t really describe what it is, how it’s constructed, or why it’s better. That’s why we, at Flooring Liquidators, have created this guide – to help educate you on waterproof flooring, and what options you have. Let’s first start with the million dollar question…
What Is Waterproof Flooring?
As we mentioned above, the term is pretty generic and can be used to describe a variety of flooring materials – like tile, vinyl, or even linoleum. HOWEVER, the term is most often used to describe either solid-vinyl plank products, or other vinyl laminate products.
Each manufacturer has their own process of construction and composition, but generally the vinyl planks consist of a PVC core, with a vinyl wear layer on top – making these products impermeable and extremely durable. This makes this flooring type a great option in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and any other places susceptible to flooding.
How Are Waterproof Planks Installed?
Waterproof flooring is intended for use indoors, and is installed like your would install other laminate flooring options:
- Surface is cleaned and leveled
- Underlayment is installed (though some flooring options have underlayment affixed to flooring planks)
- Laminate flooring is installed
- Decorative quarter-round is installed along baseboards to finish the look
This process is much easier than some flooring options (like tile) and make it easy for confident “DIYers” to tackle this installation on their own. That being said, may homeowners like to have a professional install their flooring, as knowledge and experience with flooring layout can help ensure ideal results.
What Options Do I Have?
The answer to that question mostly depends on the look you’re wanting to achieve. Since waterproof laminate is not a natural product, it is often designed to look like other natural flooring options – like wood, ceramic, slate, or even travertine. This gives you the aesthetic benefits of other products, while maintaining a higher-level of durability.
We carry a wide a wide selection of industry leading and boutique flooring brands, giving our customers the best choices in flooring. Here’s just a sample of the brands we carry:
- Summit Plank
- Coretec – most well know
- …and more!
How Much Does It Typically Cost?
Though some luxury flooring options can cost upwards of $7, most of our waterproof laminate ranges from $2 to $4 per square foot. This is fairly typical across the market, though our direct relationships with manufacturers allows us to give you the best prices, every time.
We hope that this guide helps you make an informed decision when considering waterproof flooring. We know that there are many options in the market today, and our goal is to supply you with the best prices and advice in Pinellas county and beyond.