We are often asked what flooring options are waterproof, water resistant, and what the difference is between the two. Since most flooring will have exposure to some level of moisture, it is important that you ensure it is protected.

By definition, water resistant surfaces can resist the penetration of water, but not in excess, and not over long periods of time. Waterproof surfaces can withstand substantially more water traffic and help to protect against major penetration, absorption, and damage.

Waterproof options can sometimes come with more upfront costs, but are a solid investment that will last over time.

Several wood flooring options are defined as water resistant, as they can withstand minor spills as long as they are addressed quickly. With wood, you often choose an elegant look and feel option over resistance to water and scratches.

Laminate flooring typically provides water resistance. However, some laminate flooring varieties also provide a waterproof option for areas that may be more likely to withstand spills or splashes. This option is a way of providing the look, with more durability.

If waterproof flooring with strong durability is your top priority, then luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is the best choice for you. It is built to withstand water, spills, scuffs, pets….you name it. LVP comes in a number of versatile styles and colors and has grown significantly in popularity.

At the end of the day, it is a balance of look, location, cost, and preference. Our experienced flooring specialist can walk you through the process, and help you make the best decision for you and your home. Call us today at 901-726-3000 or visit us at www.flooringmemphis.com to schedule your free consultation and free estimate.