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Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant Flooring: What's the Difference?


Waterproof and water-resistant flooring have key differences. Waterproof floors are more durable and can withstand not only liquid spills, but bigger accidents, like floods. Water-resistant flooring is designed to only hold up to small spills that are dealt with quickly.

Vinyl vs. Laminate

Because vinyl and laminate flooring can share a similar aesthetic and feel, they are often confused with one another. But these floors have key differences when it comes to their ability to withstand water damage. Most vinyl floors, including luxury vinyl and luxury vinyl plank floors, are waterproof. Laminate flooring, however, contains softwood fibers. This means that though laminate floors can handle small spills and lots of wear and tear, bigger water damage from floods or standing water can cause laminate floors to buckle and get ruined.

Hardwood floors—Waterproof?

Traditionally, hardwood floors were not waterproof. But new technology has changed the hardwood flooring game, and now brands such as Aquadura are! The elegance of real hardwood floors, along with the peace of mind that your floors are waterproof? Sign us up.

So What’s SPC Flooring?

SPC flooring, or Stone Plastic Composite Flooring, is another term for vinyl plank flooring. Compared to regular vinyl flooring, SPC flooring has a thicker core, and thus the planks are even firmer—both the look and foot-feel of SPC flooring is more like real wood. If that sounds good to you, check out a brand like Downs H20; you get the look and feel of real hardwood, at a lower cost. Plus, the floors are waterproof!

Peace of Mind

Having water-resistant or waterproof floors in your home is always a good call, especially in areas like kitchens or bathrooms that are prone to accidents—whether it’s a spilled drink or an overflowing appliance or tub. Whether you go the real hardwood, luxury vinyl, or laminate route, all our great options, depending on your families budget and aesthetics. Explore even more wonderful, durable flooring choices at your local Flooring America today.