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Waterproof Vinyl Flooring. Why Luxury Vinyl May Be The Best Flooring Choice

waterproof vinyl flooring in the kitchenMoisture is an enemy in every home. High moisture levels lead to mold, loose tiles, curling, adhesive failure and much more. While you can do a lot to reduce these levels, such as installing exhaust fans, you also want to install waterproof flooring. Many homeowners who want to resist moisture install one of two options:  

  1. Ceramic tile
  2. Porcelain tile

But waterproof vinyl flooring can be a much better option for your home. In fact, there are a lot of benefits of vinyl that homeowners overlook or simply don’t know about.

Not all vinyl flooring is made the same. To avoid some confusion, in this post, we will be referring to luxury vinyl plank and tiles, also widely known as SPC, LVP and WPC. We will also not be talking about glue-down vinyls or peel&stick tiles.

Benefits of Waterproof Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is a great option because there are varying costs, depending on the type of vinyl, that often are comparable or less expensive than other flooring options. There are also a lot of unique benefits of vinyl that you won’t get with porcelain or ceramic, such as:

  • waterproof luxury vinyl plankVinyl maintains interior temperatures. When you install vinyl, you can be confident that it won’t feel cold to the touch. If installed in the bathroom, you won’t have to worry about a cold floor when you step out of the shower. The insulating effect of vinyl makes a home more comfortable and more inviting.
  • Durable. If you drop a hard object on ceramic or porcelain tile, it may crack or break completely. You can drop objects on vinyl without worrying about the unwanted breakage in the process.
  • Water-resistant. Vinyl, whether it be luxury plank or tile or even sheet vinyl, is made with waterproof materials. You can have a water spill or other liquids on the floor and your luxury vinyl will be perfectly fine.
  • Rugged. In homes or areas where there is a high level of foot traffic, vinyl holds up very well. You will need to take care of the flooring using a dry mop and a vacuum. Abrasives can damage or dull the flooring. If you plan on using a cleaner, make sure that it’s been designed specifically for vinyl flooring.

When shopping for luxury vinyl it is important to understand a few key moments. 

Vinyl is a great, versatile flooring option that comes in sizes ranging from 2mm thickness to 8+ mm thickness and with a protective layer measured in Mils from 6mil to 30mil. A good quality luxury vinyl should come with a protective layer of 12 or 20mil. Anything below 12mil is considered a lower quality and anything above 20mil is a nice to have extra. Not always an overall thicker product is a better product! 

Compared to just a few decades ago, vinyl has improved in both quality and beauty. You’ll have an array of textures and color combinations to choose from, your flooring will be better insulated, and the waterproofing will help you avoid the risk of moisture build-up.

 

Best Areas in Your Home to Install Waterproof Vinyl Flooring

Luxury Vinyl’s rising popularity as a solid flooring solution for water-resistant flooring has led to manufacturers create thousands of collections to suit any interior space.

Today we’re seeing most homeowners installing vinyl throughout their homes, however some of the most popular areas remain: new waterproof vinyl flooring

  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry areas
  • Living and dining areas
  • Entries

 When compared to hardwood, vinyl is the more cost-friendly option, doesn’t get cold to the touch and can be confidently installed in bathrooms.

Ceramic and porcelain, two main options in kitchens and bathrooms, are more difficult and more expensive to install, therefore, your luxury vinyl project should be lower in cost.

Have we convinced you to give waterproof vinyl flooring a chance?!

If you want a flooring that is beautiful, durable, waterproof and easy to install, luxury vinyl is a solid choice.

 

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