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6 ‘Get Wet’ Floors that Can Take the Puddles

bathroom with tile floor that can handle waterKitchens, bathrooms, basements, mud rooms, and laundry rooms all have one key commonality: water.  From an occasional water spill to the moisture that seeps through your basement slab to a once-in-a-lifetime flooding, these spaces need flooring that can take all the humidity, puddles, and moisture that comes with a wet area.  Not all flooring is created equal in this area, however, so take special care when choosing the right floor for your ‘get wet’ rooms.

For kitchens, bathrooms, basements & laundry rooms:

Luxury Vinyl

Water, high traffic, pets, soda…this floor can take whatever life in your wet areas throws at it.  In addition to being incredibly durable, modern luxury vinyl is available in a tile or wood look, can be installed with or without grout, and can be a do-it-your-self project (depending on the product).

Tile

tile flooring in laundry that tolerates water spillsThere are so many reasons to consider tile for your wet areas: porcelain tile is water, odor and mildew resistant.  There are a ton of tile patterns and colors.  Tile can be installed as a do-it-yourself project, and can be extremely affordable.  If you’re worried about the cold feel of tile under your feet, tile can be installed over radiant floor heating.  It’s also easy-to-clean, making it perfect for any kitchen, bathroom, basement, laundry room, or mud room.

Sheet Vinyl

Sheet vinyl is just what the title says: vinyl flooring that comes, and is installed, by the sheet.  Vinyl sheet flooring is durable, can handle just about any amount of water, and comes in many different colors and choices.

For basements only:

carpet in basement that can handle basement moistureThese floors are suggested for basements that only deal with the moisture that seeps through the walls and floor—not basements that are prone to flooding.

Engineered hardwood

If you want wood floors in your basement, consider engineered hardwood.  While still a real wood floor, engineered hardwood floors are not as prone to problems with temperature changes and moisture because engineered hardwood is constructed of many layers.

Carpet

Carpet is a popular choice for basements, and it’s easy to see why: it’s so soft and warmer under your feet than wood or tile (unless you have radiant floor heating).  Carpet comes in a huge selection of colors, styles, and materials, so it’s hard to find a carpet that doesn’t look great.

Carpet tiles

Carpet tiles are perfect for rec rooms and play rooms. Because you don’t install carpet tiles with a pad, they are not as soft as traditional carpet but are really easy to clean up. If a carpet square gets dirty, just pop it up, and replace it with another carpet tile.  If you want a fun décor, look for carpet tiles in a bright pattern to add interest to your area.

To check out your options for flooring that can handle water, stop in at any Y’s Way to view your ‘get wet’ floor options so you don’t have to panic every time you see a puddle. If you are installing radiant floor heating under your flooring, mention it to your salesperson when shopping.  Our flooring experts can show you your options so you can make the best choice for your wet areas.