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Waterproof & water-resistant flooring: not the same thing

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:05 AM

While both repel water, waterproof flooring refers to floors that are completely impervious to liquid. The product is made of 100% waterproof materials, so the capability is inherent; it is impenetrable from bottom to top, meaning that it can be either submerged or spilled on. When flooring is water-resistant, it means that, unless wiped quickly, the liquid will break through and soak the core.

What is waterproof vinyl flooring?

A newer, more advanced version of luxury vinyl (LVF), this is even thicker, more durable, and is made with the WPC (wood plastic composite) or SPC (stone plastic composite) cores that provide the highest level of protection.  WPC and SPC are technologically advanced and won't peel or ripple no matter how much water there is or for how long. One of our neighbors spends a few months a year in another state; he returned to find a dishwasher flood but had this flooring, and there was no damage.

This flooring has the same style as LVF, with true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile created with 3D photography. Colors and patterns are vivid, and micro beveling and embossing add depth, dimension, and textured features such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. Usually cut in planks, these floors are mainly associated with hardwood and stone looks, but they can be cut into squares if you prefer.

About WPC and SPC

While both offer the same level of moisture protection, the difference is in the feeling underfoot.  WPC is lightweight, warm, and soft, while SPC is a rigid core vinyl with a firmer feel like a hard surface. It is also more durable and often used in both residential and commercial installations.

For more information about waterproof flooring or any of our other products or services, visit the Custom Carpet & Vinyl showroom in Chesapeake, Va. We work with residential and commercial projects in and around Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.  Stop by for your free waterproof flooring quote today!