A Rainy Day in Chicagoland- Are Your Floors Safe From Moisture?
Every homeowner has concerns about areas that are likely to get wet.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the primary victims of wet floors as normal use sends splashes and drips on the floor regularly. Homes with kids have bathrooms that are the subject to bathtub play water accidents, or even water fights. Wet floors and kids are a recipe for a slip and fall unless you choose the right flooring.
Chicago area home entryways and side or back doors used by the family take a pounding from weather related wetness such as rain, snow, or the worst melting snow called slush.
Flooring for Spaces that Get Wet
When renovating or selecting flooring for new construction or a renovation, it is important to choose carefully.
Floors with frequent exposure to water such as bathrooms, kitchens and entryways have many types of beautiful flooring choices that range from budget-friendly floors to luxurious floors that are beautiful and durable, but may have a have a high initial cost. However, these floors will never need to be replaced making them an excellent long-term investment.
The following flooring choices are great options for areas that may get wet.
Laminate flooring is sturdy. Today’s laminates have undergone extensive engineering and they look like real wood or stone.
Laminate is easy to clean and small spills are no challenge for its strength – they wipe up quickly and with ease. Laminate is in layers that make it moisture resistant. Installation is easy as it is laid over most existing floors. Laminate flooring has the ruggedness needed for high traffic areas as well, and it is affordable. Trevino Flooring recommends this type of flooring for budget minded customers looking for a rugged floor in areas that are occasionally exposed to wetness such as kitchens.
Vinyl flooring costs a fraction of the more expensive flooring, but looks and feels almost exactly as those more expensive floors do. Vinyl flooring is completely waterproof and is an affordable choice for basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Cleaning and maintaining vinyl is easy.
Today many people cannot tell the difference between a ceramic tile floor and one made of natural stone tiles. A ceramic tile floor is water-resistant and odor resistant. For wet areas homeowners can choose a tile that has a rougher surface to prevent slips. Ceramic tiles come in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns, styles, textures and sizes.
Stone Floors/Wood Floors
The beauty of these natural products cannot be denied. However, many stone floors are porous (marble, soapstone and more) and will not stand up to weather or wetness. Granite, and some other non-porous stone are good choices though.
Wood and Engineered Wood floors are the least favorable material for areas that are often wet. Sealing and finishing wood floors makes them water-resistant, but, eventually they water spot and if any moisture gets into the wood severe floor damage may occur.
Contact Trevino Flooring
Call Trevino Flooring, the leading flooring store in the Chicago Metro area for free advice and estimates on your wet area flooring needs. Call us at (847) 808-7100. We love getting email too.
Contact us and our friendly expert flooring associates will help you choose the best floor for your needs at a price that is affordable.