At Floor Coverings International in Austin, we know that the summer can get hot. One of the best ways to beat the heat is spending the day by the pool or on the beach. But how do you protect your flooring from damage when kids come running in still dripping from their last cannon ball? One great option is to choose a type of water-resistant flooring. You might be asking what exactly makes a certain type of flooring resistant to water. Is it a natural part of the flooring or is it added by a manufacturer? Our flooring experts are here to teach you all about water resistant flooring and why you should consider one of these low-maintenance options.
Flooring that lets water and other liquids penetrate beneath it to the sub floor is not water-resistant. An easy example of this is carpet. If you spill something on carpet, it will be absorbed and will penetrate into the sub floor. This means that the spill will take longer to dry and will be much harder to clean. If an odorous liquid is spilled like juice or pet urine, the smell will probably stick around for a while if you only try to spot clean.
Hard flooring options have a bit of water resistance because they won’t immediately absorb a spill. Most laminates and luxury vinyl tile floors also have a durable coating on top that adds one more layer between the spill and your flooring. This layer is what gives these flooring styles the descriptor “water-resistant.” It’s important to remember that the seams between tiles are not as water-resistant as the tiles themselves. Spills should still be cleaned up as quickly as possible.
There are some flooring options that are naturally water-resistant. Some of the more popular options are stone tile and rubber. Stone tile can become slick when wet, so it’s a good idea to have mats in rooms that will be seeing a lot of moisture.
Call Floor Coverings International of Austin today to learn more about water-resistant flooring options!
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