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Waterproof Flooring Ideas
Waterproof Flooring Features
Potential Uses for Waterproof Flooring
There's no end to the potential uses for waterproof flooring. Here are just a few of the many ways you can put this versatile flooring option to use:
- Pools, saunas, and spas
- Locker rooms, bathrooms, and showers
- And more!
Benefits of Waterproof Flooring Options
Waterproof flooring offers many valuable benefits that make it a favored option for various projects:
- Add versatility and improve the aesthetic of wet areas
- Increase the safety of wet areas by preventing standing water from occurring
- Maximize traction for reduced slips and falls
- Never worry about water, moisture, or leaks damaging your flooring
- Install flooring easily without professional help
- Remove and reposition most waterproof flooring types
- Choose from a variety of attractive styles and finishes
Particular types of waterproof flooring, especially those intended for outdoor use, offer additional benefits, like superior durability and even UV resistance.
What to Look for In Waterproof Flooring Options
With so many waterproof flooring options, how do you choose? You'll want to look for the following features in your waterproof flooring.
Most outdoor waterproof tiles will feature some sort of a perforated surface. Perforations allow water to flow down through the tile (this design is usually paired with a raised tile base). When a tile is perforated, it helps to prevent standing water from gathering on the tile's surface. This is an important safety feature which reduces the chance of falls. Additionally, a perforated surface means that the tile's surface stays dryer, so you can start using the flooring again sooner after it rains.
The rate at which a tile can drain water away will depend on the design of its perforated surface. If you're in an area that receives heavy downfalls, or if you'll be using a tile next to a pool and expect a lot of splashing, look for a tile with multiple larger perforations for optimum drainage.
Raised Plastic Base
Most waterproof flooring options feature a raised base design. This means that the tile surface is suspended above the tile base. Both air and water can freely circulate through the tile base, which speeds drying and helps to prevent mold and mildew growth.
A raised plastic base can be paired with both perforated and non-perforated tiles.
Non-perforated tiles reduce the amount of circulation, so they're not a great choice for areas that will see heavy moisture, such as tiles that will be placed near a pool or in a locker room. When paired with a perforated surface, the tile design maximizes air and water circulation for faster drying, even in areas that see large volumes of water.
A raised plastic base frequently used for waterproof basement flooring, waterproof plastic flooring, and waterproof laminate flooring. The tile design means that you don't have to worry about pulling up your flooring tiles if leaks do occur. Raised plastic bases are also excellent for pools, spas, bathrooms, and other areas where you don't want to worry about mold or mildew growth.
Closed Cell Foams
If you're considering flooring that incorporates foam, then make sure to select products that use closed cell foams. Foam is available in both open cell and closed cell forms. Open cell foam is water permeable, meaning water can work its way into the flooring. Closed cell foam, on the other hand, is water-resistant. It's a better choice for flooring that may be exposed to moisture.
Vulcanized or Revulcanized Rubber
Did you know there are different kinds of rubber? When shopping for waterproof flooring, you'll need to know the differences.
Standard rubber or devulcanized rubber is not a terribly strong or dense type of rubber. When tires are recycled into a rubber product, they're devulcanized. The problem is, devulcanized rubber is absorbent, meaning it can absorb water and other fluids, making for an unhealthy flooring material.
On the other hand, vulcanized rubber is converted into a more durable, stronger product. Revulcanization is the same process, but it's used to treat rubber that has previously been devulcanized. Vulcanized or revulcanized rubber is dense, strong, and versatile. They're also waterproof.
In short, your typical rubber can absorb moisture, while vulcanized or revulcanized rubber is waterproof. If your flooring will be exposed to moisture, make sure that it is made with vulcanized or revulcanized rubber in order to keep it from absorbing water.
Tips for Choosing Your Waterproof Flooring
As you explore the many options available here, consider the following questions to help you choose the right flooring option for your project.
- Will the flooring be used indoors or outdoors?
- How much direct sunlight will the flooring receive?
- Will the flooring need to withstand drastic temperature changes?
- Who will be using this surface, and is there a chance of falls?
- Do you need flooring that offers fatigue relief, or is resistant to items like oil or grease?
- How much traffic will the flooring see?
- How easily can you repair or replace the flooring?
- Will you be installing the flooring yourself?
- What type of surface will you be installing the flooring on top of?
- Are you working with a particular color scheme?
We've outlined some considerations for different flooring uses below.
Waterproof Basement Flooring
Choosing a flooring product for your basement can be tricky. You want your waterproof basement flooring to look great, but you also don't want a leak or a basement flood to destroy your flooding or create mold or mildew. That's why waterproof flooring with a raised base is ideal for use in basements. The raised base allows water and air to circulate beneath the tile, promoting faster drying and helping to prevent mold and mildew growth. Waterproof plastic flooring, foam flooring, carpet tiles, and waterproof laminate flooring are all available in a raised base form.
Look for the following features in basement flooring:
- A raised base to prevent mold and mildew growth
- Removable modular tiles that can be pulled up and reinstalled if needed
- A comfortable design that increases the livability of your basement
- Attractive finishes that suit your decor scheme
- Low-maintenance tiles that are easy to clean
Outdoor Waterproof Flooring
Outdoor waterproof flooring serves a variety of uses, from covering a deck or patio to converting your rooftop to a gathering place. Outdoor waterproof flooring needs to be able to withstand the elements, including temperature fluctuations and UV light. You'll find outdoor flooring in waterproof plastic flooring, foam, and rubber options.
Look for the following features in a quality outdoor flooring:
- Comfortable tiles that offer traction for maximized safety
- A raised base to help drain water away from the tile's surface
- UV resistance
- Materials that can withstand significant temperature fluctuations
- Durability that can withstand high amounts of traffic
- Versatile installation capabilities, such as flooring that can be installed on rooftops, over dirt, and over grass
Flooring For Pools and Saunas
When you're working with an area around a pool or sauna, you'll need waterproof flooring which meets a number of demands. Many of our outdoor waterproof flooring products feature ASTM fall height ratings. This means that the flooring is a forgiving surface which helps to absorb shock. In the case of a fall, it can help to minimize injury, a major benefit in areas where falls and slips are common.
As you choose flooring for a pool or sauna, look for the following features:
- ASTM fall height rating
- Soft, forgiving surface that's comfortable underfoot
- Perforated surface to maximize drainage of large amounts of water
- Raised plastic base to keep people up and off of the water that's draining away
- UV protection to keep the flooring looking great for years
- Surface design to maximize traction
Installing Your Waterproof Flooring
Most of our waterproof flooring products are modular tiles, which are incredibly easy to install. These tiles are designed so that you can install them yourself, saving you the cost of a professional installation.
Modular tiles connect together via a variety of systems, including a puzzle style interlock and a hook and loop system. The exact installation method will depend on the product you're using and the location that you're working in. In some cases, adhesive may be needed for a long-term installation.
Commitment to Customers
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Greatmats runs according to the Golden Rule model: We treat you just as we would want to be treated. Whether we're helping you choose the right product for your project or are ensuring that it arrives on time, we strive to deliver a quality experience.
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