There is often confusion behind the flooring specification “water-resistant.” This confusion stems from a lack of explanation on the part of manufacturers. To clear things up, I will explain the difference between waterproof vs. water-resistant flooring and the environments suitable for both types of flooring.

As this topic pertains to GoHaus, we sell luxury vinyl flooring that is both waterproof and water-resistant.

Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof flooring is flooring that will not degrade when submerged in water for extended periods of time. With luxury vinyl flooring, this means that the color of the print film will not fade. It also means that the wear layer will not curl up at the edges of the planks. Furthermore, the composition of the vinyl will not break down due to the water.

Waterproof flooring, such as WPC, is typically more rigid than typical vinyl planks. The materials used to develop this flooring are inherently waterproof, unlike traditional PVC.

Waterproof flooring can be installed in every room of the home: bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and bedrooms. Every now and then, a customer will ask if our waterproof flooring can be placed outside on a patio. Our answer: while the flooring may be waterproof, it is not warrantied for sun damage and other outdoor elements. Therefore, we do not recommend installation outdoors.

Water-resistant Flooring

Water-resistant flooring is not immediately impacted by water, as long as the water is mopped up within a reasonable amount of time. Water will not penetrate through the material like it would with a wood floor.

If water pooled for an extended period of time, though, then you could potentially see issues such as the vinyl planks discoloring and/or curling at the edges.

When installing glue down water-resistant flooring, I recommend also taking the additional preventive measure of applying a roll-on moisture barrier. A roll-on moisture barrier controls the moisture vapor emission rate from concrete slabs. This protects your floor coverings from excess moisture vapor and will ensure the integrity of the bonding adhesive. For click or “floating” water-resistant flooring, an underlayment with attached moisture barrier is recommended.

Everyone’s flooring needs and lifestyles are different, so GoHaus makes a waterproof or water-resistant floor for every situation. As always, our flooring experts are on standby with advice, knowledge, and to help fit you with the proper product. If you’re debating between waterproof vs. water-resistant, call us at 844-334-2877 or visit GoHaus.com.