hardwood flooring

Can hardwood flooring ever be water resistant?

Yes, you do have a couple of options.

To explain, there are two types of wood flooring. One, the one we all probably know, is solid all the way through. The fibers, therefore, run next to each other, making it a little less stable, and water is public enemy #1 for this product. It will cause it to warp, buckle and cup. Wipe spills quickly; avoid excess water, and don’t install it in high-humidity rooms, like bathrooms and you’ll be okay.

There is also engineered hardwood, and this is, indeed, real wood. In fact, it is legally acceptable for real estate sales associates to market it as such. The construction, however, is layered, and that makes the fibers cross each other, giving it more stability and water-resistance.

Engineered hardwood is available in many species and colors and, like solid, this flooring can be refinished, and adds value to a home. But unlike solid it has more versatility of installation, without the expand/contract issue needed to adjust to the climate where it will be installed.
The waterproof alternative for hardwood floors

Okay, be honest, is it that you just love the look, or is it really that you must have the real thing?

If it’s just the appearance you’re after, you’re in luck: Waterproof, or WPC vinyl. It’s sort of a hybrid, being vinyl, but with a wood composite core (WPC) that makes it totally waterproof and durable. It is available in a wide range of colors and textures, and can be cut into planks, to give you have an amazingly realistic look..

WPC vinyl will give your home that elegant, stylish look, and you can install it anywhere, even the full bath where solid wood is never recommended. Although most homes in Georgia do not have basements, some do, and you can even install it there.

It’s really the crème de la crème of vinyl.

To learn more, feel free to come into the Cherokee Floor Covering showroom in Woodstock, GA.