Is vinyl flooring waterproof?
Vinyl flooring is an attractive and durable floor covering that has quickly become a top choice for many Australians. For those gravitating towards this flooring option, one of the major concerns is whether it’s waterproof. Well, vinyl flooring is waterproof, but that does not mean you should over soak them while washing.
Being waterproof simply means the flooring material can withstand the surface water that could otherwise seep through the floor and cause damage. Therefore, vinyl can be an ideal option for all rooms in a home, especially kitchens and bathrooms.
This luxury flooring comes in sheets and planks. Vinyl planks are either engineered to click together or glued directly to the subfloor in order to mimic the natural, warm look and feel of hardwood. Vinyl sheets are available in large, wide rolls that in many cases do not typically need to be joined together in rooms.
So what makes vinyl flooring waterproof?
The construction of waterproof vinyl flooring features a core layer, which is usually made of 100% synthetic polymer materials that can withstand and prevent moisture from penetration.
Precisely, the core layer comprises of composite materials that are made of recycled wood pulp and thermoplastics like polyvinyl chloride. Alternatively, a combination of polyvinyl chloride, natural limestone powder, and stabilizers can be used to form a waterproof core.
The makeup of the other layers is essentially the same. The vinyl top layer is known as the wear layer. This thin and transparent layer protects the floor from scratches, stains, and dents without requiring any additional or special treatments. Underneath the top layer is the vinyl design layer, which is printed with elegant and beautiful flooring patterns and colours.
Lastly, the backing layer is generally made of EVA (ethylene and vinyl acetate) rubber padding or cork foam. These materials have excellent cushioning and sound absorption properties. Also, the padding is highly mould and mildew resistant.
In all cases, the materials that are used to make up this flooring are tested under strict conditions so that they do not harm anyone who wishes to put it in their home.