This is probably one of the questions we hear most often when offering luxury vinyl flooring. The truth is, every product in this line has at least some degree of water resistance, while others are 100% waterproof.

So, what’s the difference? We’re glad you asked!

To achieve complete protection against water damage, the core of your flooring must be 100% vinyl, rigid core, or Wood Plastic Composite, also known as WPC flooring. Stone plastic composite (SPC) is another product that provides protection where you need it most.

And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

What makes a great waterproof flooring?

When you’re looking for the very best in waterproof flooring, it all comes down to the “core” of your flooring. There are usually four primary layers in any waterproof vinyl material:

  • The backing layer – serves as a stable foundation for everything above it.
  • The core – creates the protection against water damage that you require. This can be 100% vinyl, Wood Plastic Composite (WPC), or Stone Plastic Composite (SPC).
  • The printed image layer – offers the stunning and authentic appearance options that make your flooring look like wood, stone, porcelain tile, and more.
  • The protective wear layer – serves as a guard against daily wear such as scratches, scuffs, stains, and fading.
No matter what those other three layers do, the core is the most essential feature of your waterproof product. It offers the assurance that your floors will never buckle, warp, swell, or crack, even in damp, humid areas like basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, where water damage is most likely to occur.

Vinyl flooring products offer not only complete protection against the damaging effects of water and dampness, but they offer stunning visuals as well. You'll find excellent waterproof options that look just like solid hardwood, natural stone, and porcelain tile.

Let’s find your perfect waterproof luxury vinyl

As a waterproof flooring retailer with 16 showrooms in Florida, Bob’s Carpet Mart wants to make sure you find the very best in vinyl flooring. If you are in the areas of St. Petersburg, Brandon, Largo, Carrollwood, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Lakeland, Venice, Brooksville, or Ocala, FL, we’ll make sure you get the waterproof flooring you want and need.