is a foundational facet of any home project. But when
the room youíre upgrading is prone to spills and
splashes and the chance of leaks or flooding, carpet isnít
an ideal choice.
are some options for moisture-prone areas, from flooring
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This is a durable option, with material choices ranging
from ceramic to natural stone. However, some tiles must
be sealed to prevent water penetration, so some types
may not work well in moisture-prone area.
you choose tile flooring, keep grout lines tight,
especially in a bathroom. Grout, even when sealed, will
eventually let moisture through. Look for grouts that
contain additives to reduce moisture intrusion.
specific tile materials:
Waterproof, durable and available in many colors, sizes
and styles, ceramic flooring is easy to clean. In rooms
that get wet, such as the kitchen or bathroom, choose
textured tiles for more secure footing. Porcelain is an
extra-durable form of ceramic tile.
Options include marble, limestone, travertine,
sandstone, slate and granite. Each stone type features
various degrees of porosity, and most should be sealed.
Stone comes in four absorption levels: non-vitreous,
semi-vitreous, vitreous and impervious. Non-vitreous
stone, which has the highest absorption level, isnít
suitable for water- or moisture-prone rooms.
If youíre looking for an easy-care and affordable
option, consider vinyl. Sheet vinyl has the benefit of
few, if any, seams that can let moisture through. Vinyl
also has its high-end side, which can make it a
practical alternative to hardwood or stone in
high-traffic rooms. Vinyl planks and whatís called
"luxury vinyl tile" can be made to mimic the
look of wood or stone.
vinyl brands can feature mold and mildew inhibitors and
waterproof guarantees rather than water-resistant
A staple for basements and garages, concrete is worth
considering for a bathroom or kitchen. Concrete
staining, stamping and other decorative techniques allow
this sturdy material to stand alone decoratively.
Wood can work in a kitchen, especially if itís
engineered hardwood flooring (sometimes called laminate
hardwood flooring), which has a sturdier, more
water-resistant plywood base, a hardwood veneer and
usually costs more than laminate.
Laminate is a layered flooring type featuring wood
fiber. Itís relatively easy to install and is
affordable, compared to hardwood or engineered wood.
However, itís not recommended for full bathrooms or a
basement that may experience flooding. If water
penetrates, laminate can swell.
Bamboo is a durable, relatively water-resistant option
that can be an alternative to hardwood or laminate
flooring. But like hardwood, itís not a great option
for full baths or basements prone to water damage.
selecting the best flooring for a room prone to dampness
or spills, visit a reputable flooring showroom that
displays all kinds of options. Hire a highly rated
flooring professional ó who is appropriately licensed,
insured and bonded ó to help match the right floor to
your need and who has experience in whatever material