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4 types of flooring that can stand up to spills

In some areas of the home, having waterproof flooring is a must. Bathrooms, mudrooms, entryways, basements, and even kitchens are often the site of spills, humidity, and tracked-in water or mud. And depending on where you live, the possibility of flooding can be a major concern.

In these situations, choosing flooring that can stand up to water is pretty important. If waterproof flooring is a priority for you, here are some great options to explore.

Tile

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Daltile

There’s a reason tile is such a popular choice when it comes to bathroom floors – it stands up to lots of water and humidity. Porcelain tile is great for waterproof flooring, as it’s required to have an extremely low absorption rate. And even though it doesn’t have the same absorption rate requirements, ceramic tile is also a solid choice for moisture-prone rooms.

Look for unglazed tile, which tends to be thicker and denser than glazed tile. It’s also more slip-resistant, which is critical when it comes to bathroom flooring.

If you go with tile floors, you certainly have a lot of design options. With such a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, you’re bound to find a floor that fits your personal preferences and style.

The only concern with tile is the grout – that part’s not waterproof. Make sure you maintain your grout, because water can seep through cracked grout lines and cause problems underneath your tile floors.

Luxury vinyl

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Shaw

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT), especially rigid LVT, is another great waterproof flooring choice. Products with a rigid core are going to be dimensionally stable, so shifts in humidity won’t affect the planks.

When luxury vinyl floors are installed with click or locking system, its seams are designed to provide a tight, waterproof seal. The vinyl top layer will keep water from seeping into the subfloor, and the core is waterproof too. As long as your floors are properly installed – and we definitely recommend calling in the professionals – you shouldn’t have any issues with water!

Like tile, luxury vinyl flooring is available in a ton of visuals. The most popular visuals mimic hardwood trends, but there are plenty of beautiful stone, concrete, metallic, or fabric-inspired flooring options available as well.

Sheet vinyl

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Mannington

Part of LVT’s rise in popularity has to do with its waterproof properties, but sheet vinyl is waterproof, too. And because it comes in 6 or 12-foot rolls, there are fewer seams. This gives water fewer opportunities to seep into the subfloor. Perfect!

You can easily find sheet vinyl floors that looks like wood or stone, and there’s been a resurgence of patterned sheet vinyl that can add a fun, funky flair. Sheet vinyl also tends to be pretty reasonably priced – even the premium stuff! These floors are a great waterproof option if you’re renovating on a budget.

What about waterproof laminate?

While waterproof and water-resistant laminate is out there, it’s not standard. Also, if any water gets past the planks’ seams, laminate’s fiberboard core will warp, and your gorgeous laminate floors will be destroyed. Nobody wants that!

While waterproof laminate will probably fare fine against a spilled cup of water or pet accident, it’s no match for a flooding dishwasher. Be sure to check your warranty before opting for waterproof or water-resistant laminate floors.

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Lauren Moore

Proud flooring aficionado and office dog mom, "Flauren" has been a professional writer and editor for more than a decade (though she still maintains her magnum opus was "The Day it Snowed Slurpees," written at the age of 6).

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