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Is Hardwood Flooring Waterproof?

It is important to understand a few things when choosing to floor for your home. You need to know how much traffic the room will see. You should also consider whether a room is likely to have spills or be at a high risk of being exposed to water. These two factors will help you choose the right flooring for your space. You should select water-resistant hardwood flooring in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. What hardwood flooring is the most water-resistant?

Solid Hardwood Flooring

This flooring option is the most waterproof of all. Solid hardwood flooring is an organic material and is very sensitive to moisture changes. Because of its sensitivity to water, solid hardwood flooring needs more maintenance. Standing water can cause structural shifts or visual changes to hardwood floors. Although there are some ways to keep moisture from solid hardwood flooring, it’s not the best if you want a water-resistant one. Solid hardwood can develop a cupping effect when there is humidity or moisture in the room. Cupping is a process that creates a u-shaped shape on the top of hardwood boards, creating a floor with a look like mud.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is Waterproof

Luxury Vinyl flooring is available in long planks with a waterproof core. Vinyl plank flooring can withstand water. Vinyl plank flooring is completely water-resistant and will not be damaged by any amount of water. Vinyl comes in either a WPC or SPC core. Both cores contain hardened plasticizers that repel water. These floorings are available in many styles and colors to match your home’s style. See our selection of waterproof vinyl flooring here.

LVP is ideal for basements and bathrooms because it can withstand water and foot traffic from a Brazilian farmer’s market.

Engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood flooring has a higher level of stability than solid wood floors. It can withstand higher levels of humidity throughout the year. These floors have a solid wood top with several wood composite layers as a core. The top layer is the best quality. Engineered hardwood flooring is more resistant to water than solid hardwood flooring. It is not the most water-resistant hardwood flooring. The highest quality engineered flooring (8 plies thick and made in the USA) is known for being resistant to moisture changes. High-quality engineered products are better than solid hardwood cupping. Your hardwood boards won’t look like an accordion in three years.

Is Engineered Hardwood waterproof?

Traditional engineered hardwoods are not waterproof. The vinyl core of a newly engineered hardwood product is topped with a wooden top layer or outer layer. This is known as the engineered vinyl plank or EVP. Bruce’s Hydropel is an example. EVP is a brand new type of floor so we don’t have the experience to explain how water affects it. Although it claims to be waterproof, the wood exterior is still organic. Wood can often be damaged by water contact over time.

You can find out more about the differences between engineered and solid hardwood floors by visiting our blog Solid vs Engineered Hardwood Flooring.

Laminate Wood Flooring

This type of flooring is easy to install. Laminate wood flooring is often available at very affordable prices. Laminate flooring isn’t as long-lasting as hardwood flooring. Laminate floors can be damaged by dents and bubbling. You can find better quality laminates, but you should still visit our blog What is Laminate Flooring to learn more about the features and benefits of laminate flooring that will last years in your home.

What is the most water-resistant material?

This question is subjective. Are you going to install this water-resilient floor in your home? Are you a parent of small children? Do you worry about the durability or moisture of your new floor? These are questions we love to discuss with you over the phone. We don’t want to sell you a higher-priced floor. We want you to love your floor and come back for more in 15 years. This is why we offer the most accurate information on water resistance and other features that flooring manufacturers may try to sell to us.

Vinyl plank flooring is the most water-resistant of all the flooring options. Vinyl plank flooring is the best option for rooms that are susceptible to spills. Find the right fit for your home by looking at our selection of water-resistant hardwood flooring, including vinyl plank flooring.

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