About Waterproof Flooring
Waterproof flooring is the hottest new thing on the flooring market. These beautiful, durable floors offer designs that replicate the high-end look of hardwood, ceramic tile, stone, and concrete. Waterproof solid core floors are the latest innovation of engineered products. They offer a perfect blend of the rich, natural beauty of hardwood and ceramic tile with the exceptional performance and comfort of luxury vinyl. Solid core planks are thick like solid wood boards and 100% waterproof, a feature that places them in a league of their own. Achieve that gorgeous, homey wood look that you’ve been craving in every room of your home with waterproof flooring.
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WATERPROOF VS. WATER RESISTANT
Waterproof means that it can withstand any amount of water, from a small spill to a flood, and be just fine. Water resistant means that it can take on a little water for a short time. Anything after that will more than likely cause damage.
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to installing waterproof floors. It’s good to have a sense of what the process entails before you buy. At The Floor Store, we have years of experience and are happy to answer any of your specific waterproof installation questions.
The benefits of waterproof flooring are not limited to the floor’s durability, versatility and aesthetics. Waterproof floors can also be pretty easy to install. No matter which waterproof product you select, a successful installation starts with a properly prepped subfloor. It’s imperative that the subfloor be clean, dry and level. Many manufacturers recommend using an underlayment designed to smooth uneven subfloors while also providing moisture and sound-absorption barriers.
Yes. The rigid planks and tiles allow for “Floating Installation” over many existing floors, and the Angle-Tap installation is suitable for the average DIY installer. However, we recommend a professional installation performed by our highly-trained and knowledgeable installer at The Floor Store
The necessities are a hammer, tapping block and a pull bar. We highly recommend using ¼ inch spacers and a crosscut power saw with a blade suitable for plastics. Other basics to have on hand include a pencil, chalk line, tape measure and 3M Scotch Blue™ Tape.
Our 100% waterproof planks and tiles can be installed in any room of your home, from basement to top floor.
Yes. Please see the installation manual for detailed instructions and considerations.
No. Well, technically you could. However, installing waterproof floors outdoors will negate any product warranty.
It’s a good idea. While our waterproof flooring solutions are a very dimensionally stable product (it doesn’t expand or contract) the same can’t be said for your home’s walls or any adjacent hardwood floors. That’s why we recommend leaving ¼ inch space next to walls and adjoining hardwood floors.
Yes. Waterproof solid core floors can be installed directly over most existing floors, including ceramic tile, vinyl, hardwood and laminate floors. Their rigid, dense construction won’t telegraph the bumps and hollows of an imperfect subfloor. Install solid cord planks with attached underlayment as a floating floor system.
Waterproof flooring has the eye-catching style to be featured in your best rooms, but is designed to go anywhere, from kitchens and bathrooms to basements and mud rooms. Trend-setting looks in wood, stone, ceramic tile and stamped concrete present numerous options to match your tastes.
- When the last piece is installed, what’s next?
First of all, sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor to remove all loose dirt and grit. Then lightly damp mop with well wrung mop. Always use plywood or heavy cardboard when moving furniture or other heavy objects across the floor.
- How do I clean my waterproof floor?
Simply sweep or run a dry dust mop over it to get up the dirt, dust and grit. Avoid treated dust mops as they may leave a residue behind which can dull your floor over time. For a more thorough clean, you’ll want a ph neutral cleaner, so nothing with a floor polish or detergent in it.Do not use vacuums with rotating beater bars on hard surfaces. Stay away from steam mops, as the heat can cause the vinyl layer to curl up and peel off. Avoid using mop and shine products.
- How often should I clean my waterproof flooring?
Do a once a week clean with a damp mop, like warm water and a neutral detergent. This helps to remove dirt and keep the floor in top condition. Keep in mind that you don’t need a big amount of water to clean your floor and note that light colors often need more frequent cleaning.
- How do I remove spots & spills?
As with any flooring surface, you’ll want to absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting with paper or cloth towels. Rinse with water if necessary and blot dry. Dried spots should be removed by gentle agitation and rinsed with water. Blot dry.
- How do I keep my waterproof floor looking good?
The single greatest cause of damage to any flooring or floor finish is abrasion from dirt and grit. Wherever possible, use walk off mats at entrances and doorways. If mats are placed directly on waterproof floors, use mats without latex or rubber backings to avoid possible discoloration.Use non-staining floor protectors under heavy furniture, chairs, and tables. Use appropriate window coverings, as direct sunlight may fade the color of the flooring over time.