Is luxury vinyl flooring waterproof?
LVF (luxury vinyl flooring) has many benefits. But the most significant advantage is that it is entirely indestructible when it comes to liquids. What does that mean? It means that you can have wood-looking floors in your bathroom and kitchen, and you can be assured that the water and steam, and humidity won't warp the floors.
Waterproof vs. Water-resistant
To understand the difference between waterproof and water-resistant, you need to understand what makes the material waterproof. The two terms are used interchangeably sometimes, and that’s incorrect. Waterproof floors come from completely water-tight materials. For luxury vinyl flooring, that would be the core layer of the vinyl and vinyl composites. They come from PVC, which is a standard construction material that is entirely waterproof inherently.
Water-resistant is different. There may be a waterproof layer to the material, but there is the possibility that water will soak through to the core. This can result in the peeling, staining, and rippling of the material. The essential factor in water-resistant material is to wipe up spills within 24 to 72 hours, so it doesn't soak into the material and ruin the subfloor.
The appearance of LVF
Luxury vinyl flooring comes in two types, luxury vinyl plank, and luxury vinyl tile. Both are subject to 3D photography that is the core image layer in the flooring. So LVP and LVT have realistic photos of wood, stone, and tile. The combinations and images are endless, as are the colors and patterns. We also emboss the flooring and micro-bevel it to add depth, dimension, and texture. LVP comes in long planks that mimic hardwood. LVT uses square groutable pieces to mimic stone and tile.
At Brian’s Flooring and Design, we can help you find the floor you are looking for. Our showroom is in the Greater Birmingham Metro Area. We serve McCalla, Valleydale, and Birmingham. Customer service is our highest priority, and our friendly and qualified staff can help you locate just the right luxury vinyl flooring for you.