Homeowners in Southlake need to take special consideration when installing new flooring in moisture-prone rooms. Carpet, hardwood, and some natural stone tiles, for example, can be damaged by excess moisture or high humidity. Before you install new flooring in your bathroom, laundry room, entryway or basement, consider these top options for waterproof flooring from Floor Coverings International Southlake.
Tile seems like an obvious choice for waterproof flooring, but there are some important things to consider. Some natural stone tiles, such as travertine or marble, are quite porous and can actually absorb liquids, leading to a stained or damaged surface. Alternatively, some tiles, such as glass or porcelain, can be very slippery when wet and potentially hazardous if water and other spills aren’t cleaned up right away.
Before installing tile in a moisture-prone room, make sure you are selecting a material that is appropriate for the space. Any tile in a honed finish is preferable to a polished finish in these areas. Sealing stone regularly and using rugs in high traffic areas will also help counteract some of the pitfalls of tile flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl tile or plank flooring is a great way to get the look of expensive hardwood or natural stone at a fraction of the cost. Luxury vinyl has the additional benefit of being highly durable and water resistant. Unlike hardwood, which can warp and buckle when exposed to moisture, or stone, which can absorb liquids through a porous surface, luxury vinyl products are 100% moisture resistant. Unlike sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl flooring is installed in individual planks or tile pieces, making it almost indistinguishable from real wood or stone.
If you want a truly waterproof, low-maintenance flooring option, consider an epoxy coating for your floors. Often associated with garages and basements, epoxy floor coatings are applied over concrete to create a highly durable and waterproof surface. While it’s not the most luxurious or beautiful flooring available, it is a cost-effective way to ensure your floors stand up to water or other wear and tear. Beyond the garage, epoxy flooring can be a very good option for mudrooms, laundry rooms or any indoor/outdoor space that requires a durable finish.
If you are ready to explore waterproof flooring options, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Southlake. We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom to help you find the perfect flooring for any room in your Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine area home.
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