Waterproof Laminate, SPC and WPC Flooring
There are so many things to consider when building or renovating your home. The type of flooring is just one of those hard decisions you will have to make. Choosing the right flooring material is important as it will impact the overall look of your space and can be the difference between a space that looks luxurious and one that looks bland. But flooring is not just about how it looks. It should look great but it should also provide your home with the right functionality and protection. In this blog, we will look at three of the more popular types of flooring and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you make your decision.
Laminate flooring has risen in popularity due to its ability to mimic the look of real wood. In fact, it was originally developed as an inexpensive alternative to real wood. It gives you the luxurious look of a hardwood floor, without the hefty price tag. Additionally, laminate flooring comes as planks or tiles that snap together easily, making it one of the easiest types of flooring to install. So, it is no wonder that laminate flooring is highly sought after. But its durability in moist areas has been a drawback due to the fiberboard core that damages easily when wet.
Even the best laminate flooring is susceptible to water damage and so not recommended for use in areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms or exposed outdoor areas. That is, until the development of a waterproof laminate.
Manufacturers have now developed a laminate flooring that is highly resistant to water damage due to an application of a thick, waterproof coating to the top and edges of the planks. Some manufacturers have eliminated the fiberboard core of the laminate altogether and offer laminate flooring made entirely of PVC plastic, making it truly waterproof. Waterproof laminate is completely suitable for use in moist and wet areas and maintains its visual appeal.
Waterproof laminate can be installed almost anywhere and is not only resistant to water damage but is generally more resistant to scratches and imperfections. It is easy to install and maintain. Waterproof laminate is maintained in much the same way as the regular laminate flooring. Simple sweeping and dusting should be done
regularly. If planks become damaged, it can be removed and replaced with a new one.
But waterproof laminate still has its drawbacks. You will be limited in the pattern, colour and design as there are fewer choices in waterproof laminate when compared to standard laminate flooring. Additionally, while it is still more affordable than real wood, waterproof laminate is generally more expensive than standard laminate. W