Vinyl flooring is nothing new – it has been around for decades! There are, however, many new changes that have occurred with the help of advancements in technology that have made the vinyl of today nothing like the vinyl of the past. There are several names including Rigid Core, Waterproof Core, Luxury Vinyl Plank, and Luxury Vinyl Tile
Pros of waterproof vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring is pretty much the Superman of the flooring industry; it is durable, comes in a variety of wear layer options, can be rated for high traffic areas, can be installed on any level, and the list goes on.
Not to mention that now you can get vinyl that truly has a real wood look and feel, thanks to the new 4 sided bevel and registered and embossed texture available on products like US floors COREtec plus XL enhanced.
This really is the closest to waterproof wood flooring that you can get.
Since vinyl itself is naturally water resistant as well as being resistant to mold and mildew, it is no wonder why vinyl floors are one of the top choices for moisture prone areas in home.
Cons of waterproof vinyl flooring
There are not many concerns when it comes to using vinyl as a water resistant flooring option. Be sure to choose a product that has been properly tested from a reputable source so you can rest assured your new flooring is safe for the whole family.
WPC vinyl flooring
WPC vinyl is the hottest new thing to arrive in the vinyl market in years. We know what you are thinking – “what the heck is WPC?” WPC stands for WaterProof Core.
Personally, this is one of my favorite wood flooring alternatives. It gives you that rich, sought-after, expensive wood look. Waterproof vinyl plank flooring has it all – high-quality visuals, extreme durability, a range of beautiful colors/textures, and some even come with attached underlayment.
Pros of WPC vinyl flooring
WPC floors are 100% waterproof. They will not expand or contract if moisture is present and can be installed anywhere in the home – yes, we said it: ANYWHERE.
If you happen to choose one of the products that have the attached underlayment, you get to cut out one time-consuming step from the installation process.
Cons of WPC vinyl flooring
Just like anything in life, you typically get what you pay for. Waterproof vinyl planks do tend to come at a higher price. The thicker the wear layer and larger the planks, the more expensive the product tends to be. Remember, you are paying for higher quality and versatility when it comes to where you can install it.