It seems a little counter intuitive: moisture is one of the worst things for our home’s interior. And yet, it’s all around us in the form of spills, leaks and humidity.
Even worse, the consequences, from mold growth to structural damage, are pretty severe. And one of the worst places for moisture to accumulate is also one of the most likely places for it to be found: the floor.
A top concern of flooring moisture damage is the difficulty of detecting it. Initially, the problem may be completely obscured. By the time damage is found, it’s too extensive for a quick and affordable repair.
Which is where the growing popularity of waterproof flooring comes in. It seems to be the industry’s latest trend, and for good reason. From making spills easier to clean to maintaining the life of your home, there are a number of reasons to consider waterproof flooring during your next home improvement project. Here are a few.
Improved Air Quality
If moisture remains embedded in the subfloor, it can lead to mold growth. Mold spores can be detrimental to your health in both the short and long term. Given the difficulty of seeing mold growth in its early stages, you may not even be aware of the source of new allergies. By preventing water from seeping through to begin with, you’re already taking an important step in protecting your home’s air quality.
Speaking of air quality, black mold embedded beneath your carpet is also a source of odors in the home. Since you can typically smell carpet mold before you see it, it can be difficult to determine where the odor is actually coming from. We’re talking about those odors that persist regardless of how much cleaning and disinfecting you do.
Ease of Cleaning
As an added bonus, waterproof flooring is, by design, typically easier to clean. This means that dust, dander and allergens can be more thoroughly removed than with traditional flooring options. This is especially true with waterproof carpets, which are designed to prevent liquids (and, thereby, anything else) from becoming embedded in the subfloor or fiber strands.
The presence of trapped moisture can also damage the flooring itself. Uncleaned spills have been known to cause cupping in hardwood panels (a problem in which the edges of a panel curve upwards above the center). A similar problem can occur in laminate flooring, along with buckling and warping. Even tile, the original waterproof flooring, can become indented if moisture is able to seep through.
Since waterproof floors are designed to prevent this from happening in the first place, they are often protected by warranties that include full replacement.
Finding Waterproof Flooring
The good news is that the increasing focus on waterproof flooring has led to new options from industry leaders – and Design Network offers a variety of selections. They’re available in hardwood, vinyl, tile and even carpet! To see them for yourself, or to learn more from the top flooring experts in Kansas, be sure to visit our showroom in Wichita! You can also give us a call at 316-722-5050.