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June 06, 2022

Why Waterproof Floors Are Important to Your Home

What Does Waterproof Mean?  If you look around the flooring world today, you will see many options marketed as waterproof or water-resistant, but it seems as if each of these products mean different things when making these claims.  We’re here to help clear up the confusion.  COREtec makes a 100% waterproof floor. This means that COREtec floors will never swell, expand or contract when exposed to water. This stands in contrast to floors that are water-resistant. ‘Water-resistant’ floors will resist damage from water for a limited time but will ultimately swell when exposed for long periods.   COREtec’s 100% waterproof floors are also different from laminate floors that simply have a waterproof top layer or finish. While these floors will stop damage from above, they will eventually succumb to water damage from below. This is important because water from below can lead to expansion and subtraction, which often leads to contraction, which will ultimately lead to warping.  So, when COREtec says 100% waterproof, it means 100%. All COREtec floors are protected from water both above and below the surface, for any amount of time. And this is fully backed by COREtec’s waterproof warranty, which states, “The floor plank or tile is warranted to be 100% waterproof and the structural integrity of the floor plank or tile will not be significantly diminished by exposure to water for the life of the product.”   Why You Should Care About Waterproof Floors  It’s important to realize all the ways in which water damage can occur. It’s more than just spilling your glass of water on to the floor. Leaky faucets and pipes, steam from showers and appliances and even the presence of humidity during the warmer months can all introduce water into your home.  Photo: Briar Oak VV735-06013Once water enters your home, it can quickly cause serious damage if you don’t have the right protection. When it comes to water damage, it’s typically manifested in two ways – warping or mold and mildew. Although warping will be the more obvious problem, the presence of mold or mildew will be the more serious one. It has major effects on your home’s value and is known to impact the human respiratory system. It’s bad for everyone and everything involved.    The Benefits of Waterproof Flooring  Waterproof floors have benefits beyond what they can prevent. Most obviously, waterproof floors offer you significant peace of mind. Knowing that spills from little ones or pet accidents won’t cause any lasting damage can be a great worry reliever.   And waterproof floors are also significantly easier to clean than non-waterproof options. Water isn’t able to soak through a waterproof floor, so it remains on the surface of the floor, allowing you to simply wipe away any spills or splashes. In the long run, this will save significant money on deep cleans and maintenance.  COREtec’s waterproof core has other appealing benefits. Since our core is so thick (a necessity of truly waterproof cores), the flooring is naturally quieter and warmer than other laminate or vinyl options.   Where to Put Your Waterproof Floors Pictured: Draco Oak VV735-04019 Although we think COREtec floors are perfect for every room of your house, there are several rooms where COREtec’s waterproof feature provides enhanced benefits. Take your basement for instance. 98% of American basements will experience water damage within their lifespan. And often, the water damage in this room can seemingly come out of nowhere. Being below grade (below ground level) makes these spaces more susceptible to “quieter” forms of water damage – ground water leaks, seepage caused by gutters not diverting water far enough from your home and leaky pipes.  So, naturally, hardwood floors are generally a bad idea for this space, whereas waterproof floors like COREtec are perfect.   Obviously, waterproof floors are extremely beneficial for rooms that contain faucets and appliances connected to water lines. For most people, this means bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. In fact, research shows that these three rooms, combined with basements, make up the four spaces in your home most likely to experience water damage. Installing waterproof floors in these four rooms alone will go a long way towards protecting your home.  And the best part of being able to install COREtec’s floors in these spaces? It allows you to have consistent flooring throughout your house. For too long, the flooring in your kitchen and bathroom had to be different than the flooring in your living room. But since COREtec has hundreds of styles ranging across their collections as well as the valuable waterproof function, you can easily find a floor style that looks good and performs well in every room of your house.    Water You Going Do About It?  Waterproof floors can be a huge stress-reliever and money saver, and the worst time to think about installing them is after you’ve already suffered from water damage. So, if you’re considering a waterproof floor as one of the ways to protect your home, visit a local retailer and ask to learn more about COREtec floors and their waterproof core.   Visit our Find a Retailer page to locate a COREtec-selling retailer near you! 

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The Bedroom Has Become the Living Room

Creating Personal Sanctuaries: Calming Bedroom Ideas for Inner and Outer PeaceFor those of us making the best of all of our spaces, every room in our homes can feel like they’re working double. It can be hard to find some peace and quiet amongst all the chaos. Creating calm and peaceful environments in our bedrooms can help to ease the stresses of modern life and provide us with a private space to relax and rejuvenate even in seemingly smaller spaces.For those of us sharing space with our partners, family members or roommates, private space can be a luxurious commodity. Having a place where we can shut the door, get away and take time for ourselves is a necessity to keep our sanity, and the bedroom has become just the place for this. What used to be just a room for sleeping is now so much more.Living rooms have always been communal living spaces where families and roommates can come together for movies, game night or nonchalant hang outs. While we appreciate places that allow us to come together, we also need private living space to focus on our relationship with ourselves.Our Bedrooms Are Our Sanctuaries Our bedrooms have become our own private living spaces for mindfulness activities, such as journaling, praying or meditation, as well as for more productive activities, like work or exercise. Working from home has increased the use of bedroom accessories, such as bed desks and stationary bikes, but this has also increased the need for space to relax and unwind.Photo: Bedroom, luxury vinyl plank flooring, peaceful, private living spaces.When we’re working with limited space, we may find ourselves having to use our dining or living rooms as makeshift office space, making our bedrooms an even more desirable place to leave the stress of the day behind. We want to create a personal sanctuary to help shut off our minds from work and focus on self-care.Utilizing calming and peaceful elements, such as pastel bedroom colors and natural light, can help our brains to shift from work to relaxation more quickly. Soft pinks, lavenders and shades of blue and green can all help you to reduce stress. They can calm your mind, lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and even slow your heart rate.COREtec’s Grande collection offers calming and comfortable colors, such as Grande Khalifa Oak and Grande Vista Oak, that can help you craft the perfect bedroom design for relaxing at the end of a long day. These products pair perfectly with a pastel color palette to add an extra layer of peace to your in-home hideaway.  Photo: Living room, vinyl plank flooring, pastel color palette, peace.Flooring That Fits Your LifestyleWith more activities happening within our homes than ever before, the importance of choosing the best products to fit our lifestyles is growing. Large, multifunctional rooms used to be reserved for the ultra-wealthy, but now many of us are adapting to this new way of life. Conscious home decor choices, such as comforting furniture made of soft and cozy fabrics, mood-enhancing paint colors and stylish and durable floors, are just a few ways to promote self-care within our design choices. Utilizing as much natural light as possible throughout your home can also benefit both your mental and physical health. According to a study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, prolonged exposure to natural light can help to improve your productivity, sleep, vision and mood. It can also lead to increased vitamin D intake which promotes bone growth and general immunity. Being intentional about what we put into our spaces can help them work better for us. Our dining room tables can become productive office spaces. Our living rooms can become home theaters. Our bedrooms can become sanctuaries from it all. Utilizing our spaces to their full potential can promote a healthier lifestyle and improve our overall well-being.Our Spaces Impact Our HealthConsidering your mental and physical health when constructing your space can benefit you greatly. Using high-quality products, like COREtec flooring or soothing paint colors, can help transform your space into your own personal oasis. We all need a getaway every now and then, even if it’s just getting away from the living room and into the bedroom. Being able to shut the door and settle into a comfy chair or snuggle up under a cozy blanket can be more than enough sometimes. Creating a personal space to unwind and relax can help you to feel better and perform better throughout your day. All it takes is a small change to make a big difference. See how experimenting with some of these calm bedroom design ideas in your home can help you create your perfect peaceful oasis.

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