If there are three areas of your home at risk for water damage, it would be the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry room. The floor usually takes the brunt of any leaks so when it comes to replacing flooring or fixing water damage, think about some options that would be resistant to water. That includes areas of your home with excessive humidity as well. Carpet in the bathroom is a no-no. Hardwood in the laundry area? Not a great idea. Waterproof or water resistant flooring would also be a great selling feature when it comes time to put your Okotoks home on the market.
Here are some flooring optionsfor rooms with water and moisture present:
Vinyl floors are very easily cleaned and very affordable. You can order vinyl flooring by the sheet or by the tile. Versatile and available in a myriad of colours and even textures. There are new vinyl tiles on the market now that look just like wood, so you can achieve the quality look of wood in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room but it’s completely resistant to water mishaps. Vinyl will resist water and will even prevent mold and mildew from forming. You will however want to go with a high-quality vinyl to ensure that it completely withstands humidity. Vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom is not to be confused with linoleum. They are similar in application but are made of two different materials. Lino is manufactured with linseed oil and if it’s not sealed properly it will get wet and swell. Be very specific when you visit your home renovation store or flooring retailer.
Beautiful ceramics provide a durable finish to your floor and are warmer than other types of natural material tiles. You can buy ceramic tiles in a variety of shapes, colours and styles and even match the colour of your grout to the tile colour. The floor will require sealing, but done property the floor is easy to mop up and resistant to scratching.
Some people just can’t resist the traditional look and feel of a stone tile floor. This is often an option that is just necessary to the scale and interior finish of certain homes. Stone tiles are cut from natural materials like granite or in the bathroom especially, marble. There are a variety of textures and colour options but when purchasing stone tiles, it’s very important to pick one that will not absorb water. Even though your installer will seal your stone tiles, a chore which will need to be done periodically, you should pick a material with a minimum absorption level. You may remember this from geology in school – there is non-vitreous rock, semi-vitreous stone, vitreous and finally impervious. The stone with the highest level of moisture absorption is the non-vitreous type so avoid this kind at all costs.