Is waterproof the same as water-resistant?

Is waterproof the same as water-resistant?

No. When you explore waterproof floors, it's essential to understand the difference to know what you are getting. When something is waterproof, it's completely impervious to liquid. Water-resistance means that it will repel liquid for a short time and, unless wiped dry quickly, will eventually break through a barrier and soak.

Contrasting constructions

These products are built from 100% waterproof materials, such as vinyl or clay. There are no coatings or other features to protect it from liquid, making the capability inherent. The products are often impenetrable from bottom to top, meaning they can be submerged (such as in an appliance flood) or spilled on, and they won't be damaged. However, if the liquid is left too long on water-resistant floors, there will eventually be damage.

Four great waterproof flooring options

1. Tile. It is available in an almost unlimited number of designs, styles, shapes, and sizes, adds value to a property, is low maintenance, durable and long-lasting. In addition, Inkjet Technology now makes it possible to create intricate patterns such as the raised grains of wood look tiles or distinctive veining of marble, granite, or other stones.

2. Luxury vinyl. High-end style with true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile, combined with ultra-durability, affordability, and an uncomplicated installation, make this an ideal product for every room in the house.

3. SPC or WPC Floors. This is also called waterproof vinyl flooring. It is a newer and more advanced version of luxury vinyl. It is thicker, more durable, and built with the technologically advanced wood plastic composite (WPC) and stone plastic composite (SPC) cores that will never peel or ripple no matter how much water there is or for how long.

4. Waterproof laminate flooring. A unique construction without wood makes this version spillproof, eliminates all concerns about staining and rippling.

Waterproof flooring can change your life, and it doesn't matter where you live. We all have those "oops" moments when we drop a gallon of milk or overturn a full glass, and, with this flooring, it never becomes a big deal. So come into the American Carpet One Floor & Home showroom in Honolulu, HI, especially if you live or work around Kaneohe, Kailua, Mililani, and Aiea. You'll come out with information and a free waterproof flooring quote.