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Why you’ll want waterproof flooring no matter where you live

Many people get confused about what waterproof flooring is. Waterproof and water-resistant are two words often used interchangeably but, they are very different. Waterproof means impervious to liquid. Nothing can get through, and that characteristic is built into the product. Water-resistant means that however slight, there is always a possibility that something can get through.

Waterproof laminate flooring vs. vinyl

That’s the case with waterproof laminate flooring vs. waterproof vinyl flooring. This type of laminate, while offering a higher level of water resistance than the regular one is considered impervious. A special backing that prevents water seepage. It absorbs liquid, keeping it from soaking into the material and eliminates concerns of staining, swelling, or buckling. It’s waterproof from the top, meaning you can pour water on it, and it will look good as new. Waterproof vinyl plank has inherent characteristics to absorb water, so that’s either from the top or bottom, meaning that you can submerge it, pull it out, and it will look completely untouched.

Vinyl plank flooring: waterproof hardwood

Called luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl floor (LVF), this is vinyl flooring that comes in long, narrow strips; it's made by cutting the vinyl mounting it on boards to mimic hardwood planks.

Stylish enough for any room in the house, the image is created with 3D photography, making it vibrant and clear. Images are realistic, displaying knots, grains, swirls, and color/veining variations. Deep embossing gives it depth, dimension, and textured appearances: wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed.

Finishes are available in matte, gloss, and high gloss finishes, and planks are usually 48 X 64 with widths of six or seven-plus. Structurally, it differs from sheet vinyl, which is more flexible with a printed top layer covered by a clear wear layer, but this one has multilayers, giving it a firmer feeling. An underlayment is created from rigid vinyl, with additional layers being the core; image layer; a clear thin film that shields from rips and tears; and a top clear, aluminum oxide wear layer that guards against scratches and scuffs.

Vinyl plank is thicker than a standard sheet with a firm, authentic hardwood feeling, available in densities up to 9-mm, 10-mm or 12-mm. The thicker is better. The installation is the floating floor where the pieces click together like a puzzle, form a mat, and hovers over the subfloor with no nails or glue. Subfloors only need to be clean, dry, and level.

Ready for style, high function and quietude? Come into the Quality Carpets Design Center showroom in Clovis, CA. for some worry-free inspiration, especially if you live in California’s Central Valley area. We service Clovis, CA, Fresno, CA, Sanger, CA, Madera, CA, && Kerman, CA. Ask about our estimates for your waterproof flooring.