Is Vinyl Plank Flooring Waterproof? Everything You Need to Know
- Andrew Uhacz
Not all flooring is created equally. If you make the wrong choice for your application, it won't hold up.
For example, some flooring will resist water and moisture while other materials will not. In a space that is exposed to water, such as a kitchen, food prep area, bathroom, or building entrance, the clear choice is a water-resistant or waterproof material.
Aesthetics are also important and you may prefer the look of hardwood or stone flooring because of its warm tones and classic appeal.
How do you get both? With vinyl plank flooring, of course.
What Is Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Vinyl plank flooring is basically strips of vinyl that measure between 4.5" and 7" wide and between 48" and 70" long.
It comes in a variety of finishes that mimic wood including fruit woods, hickory, and walnut. There are also vinyl planks that resemble marble, slate, or Travertine.
Many vinyl planks are backed with felt or cork, for a flexible, soft surface to walk and stand on. Installation of vinyl plank flooring usually involves gluing the individual planks directly to the subfloor, but it also comes in peel-and-stick versions.
Is Vinyl Plank Flooring Waterproof?
The answer is both yes and no.
Some vinyl plank flooring is water-resistant, meaning it will stand up to a certain amount of moisture without sustaining any damage. It's ideal for spaces that may experience some moisture such as an office or guest bathroom in your home.
Other vinyl flooring is completely waterproof and won't allow any moisture to penetrate. This is the best option for commercial kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms, and other areas where water spills are commonplace.
What Options Do I Have With Vinyl Planks?
As with many other materials used in commercial buildings and residential applications, there are many different options to choose from. The option you choose depends upon your budget, the look you're going for, and the space that it will be installed.
A few examples of the types of vinyl planks available include:
Luxe Plank Best - This is a luxury vinyl tile which recreates the look of authentic hardwood. It is a thick material that offers superior water and scratch resistance due to its advanced protective coating.
Luxe Plank Good - This luxury vinyl tile duplicates the beautiful look of hardwood floors and also provides water and scratch resistance. It holds up well against water and everyday wear making it ideal for any room.
Luxe Plank Value- A budget-friendly way to get the look of authentic hardwood or natural stone without the hefty price. It's also scratch and water resistance so it's ideal for use in high moisture areas.
Luxe Plank with FasTak Install - Comes in a variety of colors that resemble both wood and stone. Easy to install with repositionable, pressure-sensitive adhesive that forms a secure bond over most subfloors.
Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring - Ideal for uneven subfloors and areas that are high, traffic, high impact, and high moisture. It's 100% Waterproof, easy to install and durable making maintenance and cleanup easy.
Luxe Plank Better Luxury Vinyl Tile - These peel, place and press planks have beveled edges create a true-to-life hardwood look. They're sturdy and thick to provide exceptional water and scratch resistance.
Rigid Core Elements - This flooring can withstand it all, heavy traffic, impacts, and of course moisture and water too. It's an ideal material for any room in your home or commercial building.
How Durable Is Vinyl Plank Flooring?
For most applications, vinyl plank flooring is an extremely durable, long-lasting product. In fact, if it is installed and cared for properly, it can last as long as 20 years.
If you're looking for a flooring option that you won't have to replace anytime soon, a vinyl plank option is a good choice.
Still not sure whether vinyl planks are right for you? Contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your project and offer our professional opinion and advice.