There are many options for flooring these days. Natural elements like wood and stone, concrete, ceramic tiles and laminate are a few of the many choices available. When you are ready to pick out your perfect flooring, there are a few things you should take into consideration that can determine whether you should pick one of the many water resistant flooring options.
If you have a pool in your backyard, you’ll want to consider not only the safety of your family and guests but the wear and tear to your floors. Wet feet on ceramic tile can turn into an unexpected skating event that could lead to injuries. Additionally, hardwoods are not the best choice for areas that get a lot of water. You’ll also want to think about the toll chlorine or saltwater could take on hardwoods.
Even though you may have absorbent bath mats spread all over your floor, there is no way for a bathroom floor to escape significant water at some time or another. Children splashing in the tub, the post-shower dash for a towel or the unfortunate toilet overflow can all wreak havoc on the flooring if it isn’t water-resistant. Both concrete and tile are great water resistant options for bathrooms.
Despite your best efforts, spills and splashes are bound to happen in the kitchen. While concrete and ceramic tiles are good options, you’ll want to be careful that you have some non-skid rugs just in case. The last thing you need is to slip on an unnoticed wet spot while carrying hot food. You’ll also want to talk to your contractor or flooring store to see what types of flooring could stand up to spilled grease.
If you live in a rainy area, you may want to think about the flooring in your entryway. Whether it is through your mudroom or your front entry hall, you’ll have to step inside before you can shed your umbrellas, raincoats or rainboots. If you don’t choose flooring materials that can stand up to water, you are destined to have damage in that area.
Often overlooked, the garage can be an unexpected pain in the rear if you end up slipping on wet concrete. Incorrectly sealed concrete can sweat in humid conditions making it slick and slippery, as well as water that comes off of cars that just drove through rain. There are many epoxy coatings available for garage floors that are stylish, durable and non-slip.