Categories: Davidson Homes, Design and Decor, Floor Plan, Home Features | Posted: January 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Pros & Cons of Different Wet Area Flooring Materials
Because flooring materials respond differently to moisture, finished floors within wet areas must comport with certain code requirements to be used in home construction. According to accepted standards, these floors must be impervious to moisture to be suitable for wet areas. Although many different materials are considered acceptable solutions, all of them have their strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what the most popular flooring materials used in wet areas have to offer.
Although vulnerable to moisture, engineered hardwood flooring is suitable for wet areas when covered with a waterproof coating.
- More attractive than other options
- More comfortable than harder surfaces
- Should last many years
- Movement may cause joints to open up, cracking finish
- Water can enter cracked finish, leading to water damage
- Not recommended in areas subject to wet cleaning or water splashing
Because it is impervious to moisture, vinyl plank is seen by many as an ideal wet area floor finish.
- Can be used in showers and other wet areas
- Available in a wide range of colors, styles, and textures
- Inexpensive compared to other flooring options
- Can be slippery when wet
- Not considered as attractive as wood
- Requires professional installation
Probably the most popular options for indoor wet areas, ceramic and stone tiles are widely used in home construction.
- Impervious finish keeps moisture out
- Nearly endless style, color, and texture options
- Should last a lifetime
- Adds beauty, elegance, and class
- Can be quite pricey
- Hard surface may be dangerous in a slip and fall
- Improper installation could let water into the joints and substrate
While all of the aforementioned flooring materials are suitable for certain wet areas, some are clearly more suitable than others for home construction. With that said, homeowners should explore all of their options before selecting a material.