On average, the US experiences 32.21 inches of rainfall annually. In fact, the total amount of precipitation yearly has been increasing since the early 1900s.
With water entering your home either through your wet snow boots, your pet dog who escaped during bath time, or trapped moisture which can form mildew elsewhere, there is no doubt that having waterproof and resilient flooring for your home is more cost effective than any other type of material. Here are some of the benefits of having water-resistant flooring:
- It is easy to clean
Water resistant flooring is incredibly easy to clean—this is why, by default, wet rooms like the bathroom, and even parts of the kitchen are constructed with the most common type of waterproof material: tile.
- It keeps moisture away
Because it is easy to clean and because it is waterproof, this kind of flooring keeps water away, and therefore moisture buildup and mold, as well. This leads to less chance of property damage, caused by mold and other things caused by unattended moisture buildup.
- They work best in any environment
If you live somewhere windy, marshy, or even sandy, you can count on waterproof materials to withstand most outdoor elements.
Common water-resistant flooring
- Ceramic surfaces are superiorly water-resistant, and when maintained properly, can last countless years.
- Having the lowest water absorption rate, porcelain is used in bathtubs and other surfaces that are always wet, such as bathroom floors.
- Luxury vinyl tiles. Luxury vinyl, which is waterproof and aesthetic, is also being manufactured in tile form so that DIYers can install it themselves.
- Engineered wood. Engineered wood is denser and more resilient than ordinary wood. Although not completely water-resistant, this material can handle a significant amount of moisture.
- Artificial laminate is a more affordable water-resistant material with a fiberboard base.
- Linoleum tiles or sheet. The oil-based property of linoleum makes it great against water if installed seamlessly.
- Although not a common material that is used in interiors, concrete is an excellent water-resistant material.
Although you may choose to have the best type of water-resistant flooring in your home, you cannot expect any material to work properly if the installation is sloppy. While many materials can be easily arranged by yourself, some things are best left in the hands of professionals.
For instance, flooring that comes in sheets, like linoleum, may appear easy to install because it only requires adhesive. It should be taken into consideration, however, the cleanliness and accuracy of installing linoleum over any previous surface are essential to getting the material to work a hundred percent.
In addition, proper maintenance is key to making any material last long. Even tiles, when poorly kept, especially the grout or edges, will eventually degrade.
Any homeowner can get the most out of any material as long as it is installed properly and maintained well