• Vinyl, laminate, and engineered wood floors have become very sought-after due to their low cost and low maintenance. How well can the floors stand up to flooding and water damage? They are ideal for kitchens or bathrooms as well as laundry rooms. We’ll be talking about how each responds to damage from water in this article so that you are able to make the best choices for your house.
To conduct the study, each material was submerged in water for two days. This was done to show the effects of a hypothetical trip to the beach where a pipe inside your sink ruptures when you’re away and floods the bathroom.
While engineered hardwood looks good on the outside, it is very indeformable inside. It isn’t going to return to its original form. It’s not bad looking, but it does get bulky. This isn’t the ideal choice to wash your clothes or use in the bathroom however it’s a good choice for your kitchen.
Both the laminate core and surface look bad. The floor is difficult to identify the seams and it would be necessary for the floor to be replaced. The best option is to install laminate flooring in dry locations.
Vinyl is the most durable. The seams are completely solid and water did not absorb into the core. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative for those rooms of your home where there are the majority of water pipes, sinks, baths, showers, then vinyl is a solid selection.
This research clearly shows vinyl flooring is water resistant. Check out the video on the hyperlink above.