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All about waterproof flooring

It’s a relative newcomer to the market and there’s a lot of confusion, but this is what you, the consumer, need to know: Waterproof Flooring WPC is the superman of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP).

It is thicker and denser, and that makes it sturdier, so it’s a separate product from LVT and LVP. To simplify it, all waterproof WPC is luxury vinyl flooring, but it’s not the other way around.

Luxury vinyl flooring has always been popular, but we can say this is the upper crust version of the product.This product has an advanced construction with a core of wood pulp and plastic composites add a thickness (more so than traditional vinyl), giving it even more strength and stability.Jaime's Designs & Floors has been in business for 36 years. An award-winning company, we have a full inventory of products and services. Our showroom is located in Fresno, and we service the surrounding areas including Clovis, Banger, Madera, and Fowler CA.

This waterproof flooring is comprised of four main layers. At the top is a clear wear layer that protects the floor and keeps it scratch-and-dent resistant and waterproof. Directly under that is the image layer which, thanks to high definition photography, is sharp; it is impossible to “walk-off”, because of that protective layer on top. Next is the core, made of wood pulp and plastic composites (WPC). Then there’s an underlayment (construction depends upon the manufacturer), which makes it a little more flexible easier to stand on for long periods.
Shaw Waterproof flooring in Fresno, CA from Jaime's Designs & Floors

Benefits include:

  • Appearance.It looks like LVT and LVP, a remarkable simulation of tile, stone or wood. It comes in a variety of colors, designs, species, and patterns. Special features, such as texturing are available to give a distressed, antiqued, or wire-brushed look.
  • Durability.This flooring is thicker, even the WPC wear layer is thicker, so it has superpowers of scratch and stain resistance, and waterproofing. This floor is great for anyone, but especially so for parents and pet-owners.
  • No subfloor preparation. This product is thick enough, however, to hide imperfections, so no leveling is needed.
  • Easy Care: Just sweep, vacuum or damp mop with a manufacturer-approved detergent.Central California has various flood regions, but that can happen anywhere; just ask anyone from the Northeast about Hurricane Sandy. There are also appliances floods, leaky pipes, clogged drainpipes that back up, and more. So isn’t your peace of mind worth it?

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