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Is Vinyl Flooring 100% Waterproof?

Luxury vinyl flooring has benefits and security within the home, but what about when those outside forces threaten it? The elements of the colder and wetter months are well known to affect carpets and wooden flooring, but where do vinyl planks and tiles stand?

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LVT is highly durable, stain-resistant and scratch-proof – but how does it hold up against the weather’s heaviest challenge of water dripping onto your floor?

How do the elements affect your vinyl flooring?

Distinctive vinyl flooring is world-renowned for its excellent water-resistant qualities, making it a firm favourite for domestic settings.

For any flooring product, there is always a risk of water and how long it can take to have an effect, even with vinyl. All vinyl resists water ingress to an extent for hours or days without getting damaged – but no floor can withstand large water amounts for long. Excessive amounts of water frequently on your flooring for long periods could cause joints and edges to give in to the strain and leak through to the subfloor.

To not take effect, all floors should be water-free immediately after such leakages or spillage. That can mean bathrooms where an overflowing bath or exposed shower causes puddles or overspills. If left unattended, it can start to weaken your floorings adhesive and put risk to your subfloor.

Up close of brown vinyl flooring

Stop leakages to prevent your vinyl flooring

Whilst 100 per cent moisture resistance is ever-present in vinyl flooring, high exposure can still cause a threat to the floor if the top layer becomes penetrated.

When cleaning with a mop, ensure you are not soaking the floor with water. Just wring it out and clean it with a lighter water load. Luxury vinyl tiles are cleaned with a sweep or brush, so resist the urge to mop every other day and give your floor a space to breathe.

High water rooms

Water is a very high threat to most flooring options and certainly cause for thought when refitting certain rooms of your home.

Vinyl flooring is the perfect product to layer kitchens and bathrooms, the highest water-heavy rooms of the home. However, it does not prevent you from implementing it in other rooms where water can be a factor.

A garage fitted with vinyl flooring gives a stylish effect, and the front hallways you would hang wet clothing after coming in are perfect for this level of superior flooring. If you have a specific side room where laundry is taken care of, then there is no better benefit than having vinyl as the choice to go in it.

Luxury vinyl flooring, such as grey oak flooring, is the best step in securing the home from elemental forces that can damage or destroy sections of regular flooring. Being the most protected form of flooring against water means that vinyl is the long-term favourite for your home.

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