What type of floors do you have at home? Are they all totally resilient to water damage?
All types of water damage can ruin your flooring. While laminate, engineered, timber and all other types of flooring experience water damage, the way in which each type of floor reacts to water damage can greatly vary. Determining how floors react to water damage helps to decide whether they need to be repaired or replaced. Here are different types of flooring and how each one of them reacts to water damage:
- Wood Flooring
Let’s first consider the type of floor you’re probably thinking about: wood flooring. Wooden surfaces are semi-porous that absorb water via their joints. If you don’t take timely actions and water keeps piling up for prolonged periods, the surface will absorb extensive moisture, staining them severely. Even if you got rid of the stains but didn’t do anything about exposure to water, the staining will become worse.
- Vinyl Flooring
Even though laminate floors are comparatively resilient than many other types of floors, you have to respond quickly to water damage. Since it is well bonded, the floor doesn’t absorb water easily. However, if you procrastinate in addressing water damage, the water may get into the tiles, requiring you to remove the vinyl flooring as part of the drying process.
- Ceramic Tile
Even though ceramic tiles are semi-porous like wood, they can handle water damage much better as they’re better at releasing water as compared to wooden floors. Typically, ceramic tile will dry up without any costly restoration, allowing the concrete or wood underneath to dry as well. However, the tiles will most certainly need to be removed for drying if the grout has become loose or the wood underneath doesn't dry up.
- Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum floors are also resilient to water damage but again, they may also need to be removed if a lot of water makes its way through the surface. It’s important that the subflooring dries up completely.
- Laminate Flooring
Despite performing considerably well to withstand wear and tear, laminate floors are quite vulnerable to water damage. Keep in mind that laminate floors have a thin wooden layer at the top and pressboard or particleboard material at the bottom. Because the upper layer is thin and the bottom layer absorbs water rapidly, it takes very little time to break apart the pressboard or the particleboard. Once this happens, it becomes impossible to restore your flooring.
To make things even worse, there’s also a foam pad underneath the laminate flooring that soaks up water quickly and you cannot extract water from it. In the end, there’s no choice but to remove the laminate flooring completely to help dry the laminate surface and the subflooring.
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