Though there are many kinds of flooring that don’t hold up as well to water as you might expect, there are a number of options that do very well in wet environments. If you’re considering updating your bathroom, kitchen, mudroom, or entryway, consider upgrading your flooring at the same time to a more resilient and water-resistant option.
Unlike varieties of stone and ceramic tiles that can crack or rock loose from the mortar bed, epoxy is a great option to consider for your wet area flooring. It’s also antimicrobial, helping you keep your home sanitary, and its slip-resistant surface helps improve your home’s safety even further. Beyond that, there are many designs to make the epoxy in your Buffalo home resemble tile, stone, concrete, marble, wood, vinyl, plywood, linoleum or laminate.
Tile can include ceramic, porcelain, glass, and other materials, with the exception of stone which we’ll discuss below. Both tile and stone require a solid substrate for application, as any motion in the subflooring can cause issues with adhesion and cracking, which could lead to water damage if not repaired quickly. Tile is heavier than epoxy but lighter than stone, and also comes in a range of colors and appearances.
Stone is the height of luxury, whether you want a sparkly granite finish, the rich look of marble, or the dramatic effect of slate. However, as with tile, it requires a solid substrate for application, and for the same reasons. Stone may also require additional care, such as sealing or deep cleaning on occasion, as it is a natural material. That being said, a stone floor provides a natural beauty and long-lasting appearance, which is why it was so commonly used in public buildings up until the past few decades.
As you can see, there are strong benefits to each of the wet area flooring options that have been presented, but the final decision regarding what kind of tile you choose is entirely up to you. However, you don’t have to make that decision on your own!
At Modern Flooring & Renovations in Buffalo, our flooring installation team is composed of experienced professionals who have helped hundreds of businesses and homeowners make the right decision for their structure, style, and preferences. We’ll help you find the right fit for your needs! Please feel free to reach out today with any questions about flooring installation for your Buffalo home, or to get a quote on your home’s next floor.