This is the time of year when many people across the country are installing waterproof vinyl flooring in their kitchen and basements.
The summer months often bring heavy rainstorms and hurricanes, which all lead to flooding. In many northwestern and southeastern states (where frequent hurricanes and torrential rains are common), waterproof flooring is becoming a standard in newly constructed condominiums and single-family homes. Once wood or vinyl floors become over-saturated with water, they will usually shrink and become discolored. It can be very expensive to replace water damaged floors, which are typically not covered under standard home insurance policies.
Waterproof floors are also highly recommended for homes with basements. The basement area is generally the primary place where flooding occurs after a hurricane or heavy thunderstorm. For those who choose to replace their floors as part of a DIY project, it is important to make sure you are using the right waterproofing materials. If the right materials are not used, it can lead to uneven floors and buckling.
If you are still insistent on installing your own waterproof vinyl floors, it is best to use vinyl planks designed with four-layer construction. These are not always easy to find, which means you may have to shop around several home specialty stores. As you can see, installing your own vinyl flooring can be time consuming and costly. That’s why it’s best to hire a professional floor installer. This will help to ensure you will receive a high quality product and the correct measurements for your kitchen or basement floors.
Another area of the home that is prone to flooding is the bathroom. Flooding can not only occur from heavy rain storms, but also from leaky sinks and toilets. Having waterproof vinyl will help save your floors – and in some cases ceiling tiles if your bathroom is located on the second level of your home.