Flooring Suitable for Wet Areas

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Flooring Suitable for Wet Areas

The greatest danger to flooring is often not foot-traffic, but rather water. That’s right – it’s moisture.

Have you ever spilled a drink? Forgotten to close a window when it rained? Or just had high moisture-levels that caused your floorboards to expand and buckle?

Wet Areas

The most common water-prone areas of the home are likely to be your:

  1. Bathroom
  2. Kitchen
  3. Laundry
  4. Dining room
  5. Basement

Your Water-Proof Options

  Kitchen Laundry Bathroom Basement Dining
Hybrid Flooring Highly Recommended Suitable (with care) Not Recommended Suitable Highly Recommended
Vinyl Plank Flooring Highly Recommended Suitable (with care) Not Recommended Suitable Highly Recommended
Tiles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Suitable Highly Recommended
Laminate Flooring Suitable (with care) Not Recommended Not Recommended Suitable (with care) Recommended (with care)
Engineered Flooring Suitable (with care) Not Recommended Not Recommended Suitable (with care) Recommended (with care)
Solid Timber Flooring Suitable (with care) Not Recommended Not Recommended Suitable (with care) Recommended (with care)

We recommend 3 types of waterproof flooring and 2 types of water-resistant flooring for wet and semi-wet areas of the house.

1)   Hybrid Flooring

Hybrid floors are 100% waterproof and suitable for all areas of the house (including the kitchen, and other wet areas, except the bathroom).

Hybrid flooring is an innovative new type of flooring, bringing the best characteristics of both vinyl and laminate floors to create an improved floating floor.

Hybrid floors are made of multiple layers of materials pressed together and come in a wide range of designs and styles.

The top layer is a UV coated wear & tear layer, the second layer is a decorative print with the desired design, and the centre is a composite core board that is waterproof and stable.

There are two types of hybrid flooring:

  • Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) – the core of the floorboards are made of stone (natural limestone), polyvinyl chloride and stabilisers. SPC floors tend to be thinner, denser and slightly more affordable than WPC hybrid floors.
  • Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) – the core of the floorboards are made of recycled wood and plastic. WPC hybrid floors tend to be thicker, slightly more comfortable underfoot, and slightly pricier than SPC hybrid floors.

Hybrid flooring is an affordable flooring option and has quickly emerged as one of the most popular floorboards across Sydney.

Check out your Hybrid Flooring Options.

2)   Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring is also 100% waterproof. Vinyl plank flooring is a close sibling of hybrid flooring. Where hybrid floors have a rigid core construction, the vinyl floors have a more flexible plastic core. Vinyl floors need to be glued to the sub-floor, but are very durable and easy to maintain.

Given their similar nature, we categorise vinyl plank and hybrid flooring together.

Check out your Vinyl Plank Flooring Options.

3)   Tiles

Tiles are 100% waterproof when installed properly. The top surface of both ceramic and porcelain tiles are made from a durable glaze that will not let any liquids seep through. If installed properly, where you waterproof the subfloor with a membrane, tiles are able to withstand water without any problems. This is why tiles are suitable for bathrooms and even swimming pools.

If you prefer the beauty of timber, at FloorVenue we also stock timber-look tiles and various stone-look tiles. Contact us for a quote!

Split drink on floor

4) Other Semi-Water-Resistant flooring Options

1)   Laminate Flooring (Water-Proof / Water-Resistant Ranges)

In 2020, we have come a long way with laminate flooring. Traditionally, laminate floors had a very difficult time with moisture. However, with the release of waterproof hybrid floors, some laminate flooring manufacturers have created highly water-resistant laminate options to compete.

Some quality laminate floors have become fairly water-resistant through their wax-seal edges and water-repellent core. Some laminate floors are able to boast water-resistance for 48 to 72 hours, making them sufficiently water-resistance for most conditions.

At FloorVenue, we have highly water-resistant laminate floors including the Luxflor Hugo range and the Kronoswiss Aquastop range.

Check out our Laminate Flooring Range.

2)   Engineered Timber Flooring

If you’re not a fan of man-made hybrid and vinyl floors, and are searching for real timber flooring for your homes, you can go for a special range of engineered timber floors – HydroPro Timber.

HydroPro Timber is an engineered floor constructed from a 100% waterproof multi-layer core bonded to surface layer of authentic timber. It’s highly water-resistant compared to normal timber floors, and is an excellent option for the kitchen and dining room  floor.

HydroPro Timber is the “first-of-a-kind” engineered hardwood floor in Australia. It currently comes in the natural Australian timber species.

Check out our Engineered Timber Flooring and HydroPro Range.

Get a Free Quote on Flooring for Wet Areas

Looking for flooring for a wet area of your home?

We can help you choose the right floor for your needs. Get in touch with us online or call our Blacktown office on 9831 7621; Belfield/Strathfield office on 97595095; or Campbelltown office on 46411363. Our knowledgeable staff are always happy to assist and will gladly offer an obligation free quote. Contact us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Hybrid flooring and vinyl flooring both offer 100% waterproof planks, making these options perfect for wet and high moisture areas such as the kitchen.

For commercial environments, vinyl flooring will be the best option, due to its sheet form, which will leave no gaps for liquids to seep through. These also comply with legal regulations if applicable.

Hybrid flooring would be more suitable for residential areas, as homes do not need any sealing properties which can save you money and give a more authentic wood feel to your floors.

Tiled flooring is also a great waterproof option which is extremely common in kitchens and will look great for your home.

Vinyl flooring is well equipped to deal with wet and high moisture areas such as the kitchen and laundry areas, as they are 100% waterproof. However, we advise against laying vinyl planks in bathrooms because they are not fully sealed.

This means water can seep through the planks into the subfloor, which can cause mould growth. In bathrooms, we recommend tiling.

The most waterproof flooring options on the market are ceramic and porcelain tiles. Tiles offer 100% waterproof capabilities, as well as non-absorbent qualities superior to other options.

Also see hybrid or vinyl floors which provide a more wood-look waterproof floor. Both flooring options are easy to clean and maintain, without the worry that moisture or accidental spills would otherwise damage the floor.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most waterproof flooring options on the market, and as such will be perfect for your bathroom.

Traditional Laminate flooring is water resistant (not waterproof), meaning accidental spills will not cause damage to the planks unless left for an extended period of time. This means they should not be laid in high moisture areas such as the bathroom or laundry rooms which have constant moisture.

However, FloorVenue is currently developing a 100% waterproof laminate floor which is truly impervious to any moisture or water exposure.

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