Waterproof flooring is a great choice for areas of your home that are prone to spills, splashes, or are generally just wet—such as bathrooms, entryways, and laundry rooms. This high-performance flooring can even bring an authentic wood or stone look to areas where natural flooring wouldn't be compatible. You can typically install this flooring on any level of your home, so you can enjoy a consistent look throughout your interior. Here at LL Flooring, we carry a wide variety of stylish waterproof flooring, including easy-to-install options that DIYers will appreciate. Among our selection of vinyl, hybrid resilient, tile, laminate, and waterproof cork products, you'll discover many attractive wood-look and stone-look designs that fit a range of budgets and tastes.
Waterproof or Water-resistant Flooring?
Note that there's a difference between waterproof and water-resistant flooring. Waterproof materials are impermeable, meaning water will not seep through—it'll stay on the surface until you clean it up or it evaporates. Water-resistant materials are not impervious—they will eventually absorb liquid, but at a much slower rate than materials with no water resistance. So, a water-resistant floor provides you with more time to clean up any spills before they affect your flooring.
Let’s take a closer look at the qualities and benefits that each type of waterproof flooring offers.
Types of Waterproof Flooring
Vinyl is a budget-friendly waterproof option. It provides the look of upgraded flooring without the need to worry about the messes kids and pets might leave behind. They're also comfortable underfoot. Look for beautiful designs with rich, tawny-toned hues, rustic oak graining, or creamy natural stone looks.
Laminate is a wood-based flooring product that boasts an exceptionally realistic wood look and feel combined with enhanced wear resistance. Now with the introduction of Dream Home Waterproof Laminate, you can have additional peace-of-mind knowing your floor’s protected from spills and messes.
With Duravana, you get the benefits of wood, laminate, and vinyl in one. Our Duravana Hybrid Resilient flooring combines waterproof planks with a state-of-the-art locking mechanism for a water-tight seal that prevents seepage. It also offers extreme dent and wear resistance. Manufactured with wood from certified responsibly managed forests, you can feel good about this eco-conscious choice. You’ll find designs and colors that suit a range of décors. For instance, wide planks and pale wood tones would make a beautiful foundation for a European-style kitchen.
Porcelain tile is a traditional bathroom flooring option, but did you know it can give you a cozy wood look as well? Shop our selection of beautiful wood-look waterproof tile that replicates the grain and texture of hardwood. Create a beachy, casual vibe with weathered gray designs resembling driftwood, or use a deep walnut to bring rich elegance to a room. You can also use porcelain tile in outdoor areas. Combine it with comfortable furniture and homey décor to extend your living space to your patio. If you're looking for porcelain tiles with the classical look of marble or granite, we carry those too.
Cork boasts a number of properties: It’s warm and cushiony underfoot and offers sound insulation as well. With our Hydrocork products, you’ll also get waterproof performance. Besides a protective wear layer, each plank contains a waterproof core made of composite cork. Traditional brown tones will give your floor a timeless look while grays can lend a crisp, contemporary feel.
How Do I Install and Maintain Waterproof Flooring?
Many of our waterproof floors feature simplified installation methods. For example, we offer vinyl, laminate, and Duravana Hybrid Resilient products with quick-click options. DIYers will also appreciate our selection of peel-and-stick vinyl flooring options, and the Press Fit Technology that makes our Hydrocork products so easy to install. If you opt for tile flooring we recommend that you hire a professional to install it for you, as it takes some expertise to work with grout and mortar. In all cases, be sure to follow the instructions in the Warranty, Installation, and Care Guide that comes with your flooring.
You should also consult your guide for the care instructions particular to your flooring material. In general, we recommend sweeping or vacuuming with a soft-bristled instrument, being careful not to use vacuums with a beater bar or hard bristles. And of course, never use steel wool or scouring pads. You can wet mop waterproof flooring and also occasionally jet mop it for a deeper clean.
How Much Does Waterproof Flooring Cost?
You'll be able to find a waterproof option at LL Flooring that matches your budget requirements and style from our selection of vinyl, laminate, Hydrocork cork, and Duravana Hybrid Resilient flooring.
As you can see, there’s no need to scrimp on style in order to get the practical benefits of waterproof flooring. It comes in a variety of colors and designs that bring all the charm of traditional hardwood or elegant stone. Browse LL Flooring's selection of waterproof flooring to find the perfect match for your lifestyle and taste.