No, they are two very different things, and we want you to know the difference so you know what you are getting.

Waterproof vs. water-resistant

Waterproof floors are impervious to water, and these products are made up of waterproof materials, making the capability inherent. There are no special coatings to help the floors along. Water-resistant means that the product will repel liquid for a short time only and will break through the barrier to soak and stain.

Waterproof flooring options

1.Porcelain tile: This has a nonporous clay in its composition called Kaolin, so it’s waterproof whether or not it’s glazed. Porcelain can be used outside where it withstands the most severe weather, including freeze-thaw cycles, which often cause other tiles to crack.

Most tiles are impenetrable only when glazed and have various water absorption levels, making some appropriate for indoor use only.

2.Luxury vinyl: Entirely made from vinyl, this also has a vinyl composite core with durability, low maintenance, easy installation, and a high-end look with true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile.

3.Waterproof laminate flooring: This is just what the market has been waiting for! Traditional laminate contains wood products in its composition, making it susceptible to warping.

A newer version features a non-wood construction, resulting in a spill-proof floor that can be installed in any room in the house. Traditional laminate is still active in residential use, so please be sure to specify which you want.

4.Waterproof (vinyl) flooring: Engineered luxury vinyl, this is even thicker and more durable. It comes with the WPC (wood plastic composite) or SPC (stone plastic composite) cores that never peel or ripple, no matter how much water there is or for how long. Because this is a version of luxury vinyl, it has the same style and functional characteristics as the original product.

With decades of experience and some of the most trusted names, like Armstrong, Mannington, Mohawk, COREtec, and more, Trudel Flooring Inc will help you find the right waterproof flooring for your home. Visit us in Warren, MI, especially in Grosse Pointe, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township, or Rochester Hills. Be sure to ask about our free quotes.