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Waterproof Flooring – What You Need To Know

Waterproof flooring is a term that a lot of people throw around but it really doesn’t mean what most people think. I have found that when people are looking for things such as waterproof laminate flooring, often times they are hoping to find a product that will seal the water from their living space, such as a basement, that has problems with water seeping in. In fact, this is not the function of this type of flooring. If you have an issue with water seeping into the basement then you need to deal with that problem first and then you can think about a floor covering.
Generally, when a basement has water problems it is because the pressure of the ground water, hydrostatic pressure, is higher than the are pressure in the room and thus the moisture is forced up through small cracks in the floor or through the wall or the junction of the wall and floor. No waterproof flooring will stop this process so if that is your intention then you will be unhappy with the results. Instead you need to relieve the pressure under the floor or remove soils from the walls and apply a water proofing. This of course is a different problem than if your house is flooded by surface water such as from a flood stage river or massive amounts of rain.
The best way to deal with water coming up from the slab is to install French drains. This is an expensive project and requires cutting holes and trenches in the concrete to allow for the removal of the water with a sump pump. If the problem is just weeping from the walls then you can remove the exiting soil and water proof the exterior of the walls but this is also a big project.
If, on the other hand, you are not concerned with stopping water from entering the space but instead you want a floor covering that will not be affected by spilled water then you have three good options. You can go with waterproof hardwood flooring which is a faux wood product that really does look quite nice. Or you can use foam floor tiles which are water repellant or you can install fired tiles or cut stone flooring.
Waterproof Wood Flooring
waterproof flooringWaterproof wood flooring is really a misnomer because even though the material looks like real wood it is usually constructed of PVC plastic. In an area that is susceptible to water, wood is not a good choice because it will warp over time. What starts out as a very nice looking covering can quickly turn into a warped mess. This is not true of the occasional small amount of liquid that may be spilled on a polished hard wood floor. I am talking about moisture that is more long term such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.
This waterproof PVC flooring comes with a water resistant under pad that offers a smooth surface for the installation of the actual floor material. The floor strips just snap together and the entire project is quite easy to accomplish. In fact, I did my daughter’s bedroom in about two hours and it was the first time I had installed this product.
Waterproof Floor Tiles

If you want something other than wood then you can use interlocking tiles which are water resistant. One quick answer is interlocking foam floor tiles. These are very easy to install and look great. But be aware, the foam tiles are not for installation in a garage that still has vehicular traffic. They are not made for cars to be running over them. If you are looking for garage waterproof flooring then there are several brands of interlocking tiles that you can use which will support your vehicles weight.
The last option to talk about is fired or cut stone tiles. These are very waterproof once the grout has been sealed. In fact, you can create an entire shower enclosure out of these without any worry of water seeping into the floor or walls behind the tiles.
But remember, if you install waterproof flooring that does not mean that you will be stopping water from seeping into the space. That is a completely different problem that needs to be dealt with.

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