Pools season is finally here and if you have a backyard pool, then you might be wondering if the flooring in your kitchen, den or even patio is strong enough to withstand the high traffic and moisture from the pool. You should consider choosing flooring that is waterproof and durable. Floor Now Blog recently posted Water Proof Flooring For Summer Fun, all about the best flooring for homes that attract wetness because they are near a pool, lake or beach.
Perhaps the simplest type of waterproof flooring is a piece of linoleum. Today’s linoleum is not your grandparents’ linoleum. This new green and renewable resourced product comes in many colors and patterns and there is a design for practically anyone. It’s easy to wipe down after barbecue sauce spills and lemonade and other unknown stains, as well. Even if you just do that, often you can get a bargain priced piece because it’s a leftover. The best place to look for designs in linoleum is online, and there you can compare all of the types, advantages, prices and designs. In a brick and mortar store there is often limited selection, and the designs they do have may not please you.
Another super waterproof (and extremely long-lasting) type of flooring material is tile flooring. There are the basic peel and stick ones, plus hundreds of other kinds. Porcelain tiles are precise and easy to clean. Natural stone tiles are also attractive looking, but a little more difficult to put down as flooring because there are slight size differences and you cannot lay them in a normal checkerboard pattern in case some are off-measurement. Stagger those like a brick wall, choose the right grout and sealant and you’ll have a super looking floor fairly quickly. You may even purchase porcelain tiles that look exactly like natural stone ones, but are perfect in their measurements because they are made in factories.
The final class of flooring that may be considered waterproof or water-resistant is ceramic tiles. A few ceramic tiles such as Saltillos are iffy in that area, but well and properly sealed they could work. The “ordinary” type and easily available ceramic tiles, which come in thousands of styles and colors, work extremely well. If you have a small room, get large tiles and put them down diagonally. This increases the visual space. Make sure they are also properly sealed and grouted and you’ll have a super long lasting floor surface that will serve you and your family for a long time.
Contact a professional from Ambassador Floor to assist you when choosing the best flooring to fit your style and function of your home.
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