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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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Sharing Spaces: Parents, Pets and Play Rooms — Oh My!2020 is best characterized by unpredictability and massive change. This is especially evident in the home space; many first-home buyers navigated home purchase and moves. These new homeowners then started their search for the perfect living room ideas with their dream furniture, flooring and style.For others, uninhabited or underutilized spaces morphed into something new and useful — dining room tables became classrooms, living rooms became gyms, backyards became dog parks and kitchens became coffee shops as our whole lives moved within the walls of our homes. While most homes used to only have one “living room”, now all of our rooms are used for living.With this change, those living with family members and pets have had to further adapt our spaces to meet the new needs of everyone living there. This caused a shift towards more casual living room design ideas and style preferences as well as a push for more durable and efficient products throughout our homes. One thing is certain — people want to feel comfortable and in control in their new “living rooms”.Choosing family friendly living room design ideas COREtec is founded on innovation and our promise to you is to provide you the most efficient products to fit your space. Whether you’re looking for mid century modern or more minimalist design ideas, our products can give you the style that you want with the functionality your home requires. From family room design ideas to bedroom floor upgrades, we have the products you need to make your space work for you.Increased time spent at home changed what we need from it. In the past, parts of our homes served as snapshots of our style through trendy furniture pieces or show stopping floors. Now every aspect of our home is needed to fulfill its designated purpose and then some — usefulness trumps decor. We are seeing living room design ideas adjust to accommodate more personable, tailored spaces that highlight what’s unique about us and our lives.Once empty bookshelves and desks are now filled with personal objects — photos, collected trinkets and memorabilia from our lives that help us to highlight who we are within our space. These can remind us of places we’ve been, people we miss and our goals for the future while working from home. It helps us to incorporate some of the personal moments we crave.Today, functionality is crucial. We need more from our living rooms and the products in them. Style alone isn’t enough; people expect a higher level of performance and comfort from the products they purchase. With most of us spending more time in our living rooms, we’re using our floors more than ever.Pacing during phone calls, playing fetch in the hallway, doing yoga on the living room floor and games of tag throughout the house all add extra stress to our floors. Products like COREtec Advanced+ combine our need for style and performance with natural artistry and innovative engineering that provides next-level protection for pets, kids, toys, shoes and the wear and tear of everyday life. Products that don’t shy away from the realities of our lives help things go a lot more smoothly.These high performance COREtec products combine the classic and stylish look of hardwood with the durability and functionality of luxury vinyl plank (LVP). Bright and airy color options, such as Charter Oak and Pierpoint Walnut, give you the feeling of lightness in your living spaces while being durable enough to handle all aspects of your life — from kids to pets and more. Adding floors like this to your kitchen, living room or even play room can give new life to your home and also handle all your life can throw at it.Fast change can be a great thing. Many of us have adapted to this new life in many ways. While we used to settle for style alone, our products are now having to work overtime to provide us with both style and performance.We want our living rooms to work for us and our families and use it to showcase what is unique about us. Functional and comfortable products, like COREtec’s Advanced+ series, provide style and durability to our spaces and allow us and everyone we live with to thrive.Like us, our homes have had to learn how to juggle many things at once. We need to cultivate spaces that work for us no matter what we throw at them, whether it be conference calls, soccer cleats, virtual class projects, dinner parties or family game nights. For small living room ideas, family room ideas, modern living room styles, and more, COREtec has the products to enhance both the style and functionality of your space. By filling our living rooms with products that perform, we create homes that work for every member of our family, from four legs to two.

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