Your Guide to Waterproof Flooring!

Most people love the idea of hardwood floors. They are one of the few parts of a home that can transcend any style and trend and are able to last for decades.

However, there are situations in which hardwood isn’t the best choice during a remodel or new build. A modestly budgeted renovation can mean that real hardwood flooring may have to be one of the products you nix from the list in order to stay within your price point.

You could also be a parent to toddlers, pets, or both, and that means a lot of wear-and-tear on not only floors but every surface of your house.

With the promise to supply quality products for every budget and lifestyle, Builders Surplus has a variety of waterproof flooring products, such as luxury vinyl flooring options that give you the look and feel of hardwood floors.

There are so many options to choose from and that can get overwhelming, so let’s break it down so you get to know all about laminate products.

Your Two Options: Luxury Vinyl (LVT or LVP) or Waterproof Laminate


History of the laminate flooring starts in Sweden in early 1920 and despite popular misconception, there are actually very few similarities between hardwood and Laminate.

Whereas the durability of wood floors will vary with the different types of wood, laminate floors are not made from any particular species.

Laminates are constructed using three principal layers: the decorative layer, the core, and the backing layer. These layers are compressed together using a high-pressure process.

The higher the pressure used, the more durable the laminate will be–and it will have a higher AC rating. AC, or also known as Abrasion Rating System, was created to give us a way of determining durability and recommended usage level of different laminate floors. The common term used to denote the durability level of luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring is the Abrasion Criteria or “AC” rating.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring:

In 1926 vinyl as a useful substance was invented by accident. In Akron, Ohio, Waldo Lonsbury Semon, a researcher, was trying to develop an adhesive to bond rubber to metal for The BF Goodrich Company.

Vinyl manufacturing was reintroduced after World War 11 ended, boasting some of its newly discovered properties, versatility and flame resistance. Vinyl flooring was shown to handle heavy foot traffic and to be relatively inexpensive, so it quickly took off in commercial spaces, then in residential homes’ high traffic area, and finally as a home flooring in general. It became a solid competitor!

The first Vinyl Planks were introduced in the ’70s and they grew in popularity. Today these planks have a deal sealer. Vinyl plank is now available as a 100% waterproof floor. Top to bottom, inside and out, now they are 100% waterproof and benefit from the same technologies that have made laminate flooring become so increasingly realistic looking.

The design options of LVT flooring make it a desirable material, but this flooring also has many properties that homeowners look for in their flooring. Extremely resistant to dents, moisture damage, heat and more, Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring is perfect for those who want durable floors. Additionally, there are many types of LVT that offer built-in soundproofing and don’t contain harmful chemicals that will affect the air quality in your home.

Laminate Waterproof Flooring

Most laminate flooring is NOT waterproof, some are just water resistant. However, there are some waterproof laminates. The ONLY waterproof element is the surface, so if water gets into the cracks or underneath, it will be ruined. It’s better than standard laminate, but still not as durable as Luxury Vinyl.

What is the difference in Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Flooring? For starters, They’remade from different materials. Laminate flooring is made of layers. The primary layer (the core) is made of high-density fiberboard that gives laminate flooring its rigidity and strength. LVT is made in layers as well; its primary component is PVC vinyl, which makes LVT dimensionally stable and flexible.

Laminate flooring can offer the appearance of real hardwood floors or slate but for about two-thirds the cost. Laminate flooring is an excellent choice–healthy for your family and environmentally friendly. It’s pretty durable and sometimes scratch resistant, it will not fade even after years of exposure to direct sunlight.

Surprisingly, some laminate waterproof flooring can be both chemical and burn resistant. Even the toughest stain you can safely remove with acetone, with no damage to the floor. And burning embers falling from an open fireplace will not leave any mark or discoloration.

The biggest downside to buying a waterproof laminate is the fact that only the surface is waterproof. Most major water accidents are in the cracks and under the boards.

Luxury Vinyl Plank – COREtec One and Plus

Luxury Vinyl Plank, also called Luxury Vinyl Tile, LVT or LVT, is becoming the flooring material of choice. Not only is it waterproof on the surface, but the ENTIRE plank is also 100% waterproof.

Achieving a beautiful wood look that requires little to no maintenance has never been easier than with COREtec One luxury vinyl plank flooring.

These planks are completely waterproof, highly durable, and resistant to dents, making them ideal for any room of the home.

A no-mess, glue-less installation, these luxury vinyl planks can be installed with minimal floor prep over existing hard surfaces and will help to hide subfloor imperfections.

With a 25 year residential warranty, you are sure to love your new flooring for many years to come.

COREtec Plus represents the next revolution in luxury vinyl flooring. This waterproof flooring is a great alternative to glue-down, solid locking, or laminate flooring. The patented construction of COREtec Plus features an innovative core structure, which is an extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC.

Since COREtec Plus is 100% waterproof, the floors can be installed in wet areas and will never swell when exposed to water. Inert and dimensionally stable; it will not expand or contract under normal conditions.

And the best part? Each COREtec Plus plank has an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer vinyl floor that is naturally resistant to odor-causing mold and mildew.

Featherweight Luxury Vinyl Tile

When you install Featherweight luxury vinyl flooring, you get luxury planks that are reusable, anti-slip underfoot, waterproof, and anti-static.

The union lock system clicks planks together and gives your floor a seam-free look. Click vinyl flooring makes for a fantastic DIY project and offers beauty that you will appreciate.

With several colors and designs to choose from, you will be happy with your new floor once the installation process is complete. Click vinyl floors will offer an affordable, warm touch to any area of your home.

Entryways and laundry areas are ideal for this Featherweight vinyl flooring. If you have kids who do not like to remove shoes or boots, this is a fantastic flooring choice for you!

Mohawk Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Mohawk Luxury Vinyl is a superb choice. With the extra comfort of knowing that luxury vinyl is waterproof, it gives you the extra confidence to install it in places where moisture can be an issue like a kitchen, bathroom, mudroom or utility room.

Luxury Vinyl is a very durable floor comes with a commercial grade wear layer. It is made out of 100% virgin luxury vinyl and reinforced with fiberglass for extra durability. Mohawk Luxury Vinyl is beautiful and affordable, and installation is a snap. Glue is not needed and you can walk on your floors right after installation. It’s ideal for residential and commercial spaces.

If you’re ready for your new luxury vinyl flooring, Builders Surplus has the top brands for the best prices. Click here to shop all of our Luxury Vinyl and come in store to pick some up today!

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The Top 5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes Homeowners Make

  Your home is the one of the largest investments you can make, yet people are increasingly choosing to upgrade their existing home instead of purchasing brand new houses. Whether you are choosing to remodel or build from scratch, your kitchen will be the highlight of your home and a place where you and your family spend a great deal of time. It’s important that it not only looks great but adds value and enhances your quality of life. Some say that kitchens are the heart of any home but they can easily become useless if they aren’t functional and designed to last a long time. Learn about the biggest kitchen remodeling mistakes & how to avoid these.

Consider these 5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes That Homeowners Make 



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This is typically seen in homes with small kitchens that have limited storage space. Many homeowners will compromise storage options to create more space but that’s not necessary if you plan out your cabinet space. Functional cabinet space will make cooking easier and reduces the clutter. Rather than omitting shelf space, many homeowners are opting to enhance the areas they have to work with. Chelsea Wynn, the Public Relations and Social Media Expert for Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. suggests removing the cabinet doors from wall cabinets to make kitchens feel larger and more open. This approach increases functionality and creates a place to store dishes or appliances to neatly sit.



French Doors Provide Lighting for Kitchen Remodel

Lighting is often the most overlooked thing in the kitchen. It may not seem important right now but wait until you are trying to peel a potato or slice an avocado with minimal lighting. You should choose your lighting in the beginning of your planning stage and according to the style of your new space, make sure it reflects what you really like and not what you are willing to settle for. If your home lacks windows and natural lighting, consider replacing one of your solid exterior doors with a French door like these doors we have available at both our Cincinnati and Louisville area stores. They will instantly brighten the look and feel of your kitchen while making it seem more open and spacious.



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Go ahead and repeat after me. Cheaper is not better. It’s just the truth. Sacrificing function to include nicer materials will do nothing but disappoint you in the end. Make sure you consider the proportions of your kitchen areas and measure everything. In fact, measure TWICE.  Avoid the trends you think look hip today. Your kitchen is much more than a fashion statement and today’s trends will more than likely be outdated fifteen years from now. Depending upon who you ask, your kitchen is easily the most important room in the house. You are opening and closing your cabinets all the time. Hardwood cabinets with a sturdy finish and strong hardware are imperative to carry your family the extra mile.



Taking measurements during kitchen remodel

It’s important to your budget and your sanity that you get the job done right the first time. It might seem like it won’t be a big deal to live with a small error or mistake but in reality it can have a major impact on how you utilize and enjoy your kitchen in the future. Don’t compromise longevity just to trim time. Make sure your house plans allow adequate space for your refrigerator and dishwasher. This is a big kitchen remodeling mistake to avoid. These are necessities and if they aren’t functional on a daily basis, you will definitely feel it. Be sure to go over the measurements of all of your cabinets and appliances. Remember to allow room for the drawers and cabinet doors to open.



Kitchen In Need of Remodeling

Finally, make sure you know what you want before you begin your project. This probably sounds like common sense but you would be surprised how many people change their mind in the middle of everything. Some folks think that it’s easy to switch things up at a moment’s notice. Others think it’s no big deal to start a project before making their final decisions because they prefer to take it one step at a time. This is not good practice and can result in costly changes if certain aspects of the project don’t end up meeting your expectations. In fact, it’s best to make a formal checklist that will structure the period of time when you are in project mode.

For more information on kitchen remodeling, designs and answers to your questions about renovations to your kitchen please feel free to give us a call at any time. We offer many products and solutions to your next home remodeling project and we would be happy to assist you as you get started. Be sure to like, share, tweet & pin this article  and subscribe to our newsletter for ongoing style tips & tricks. Happy Remodeling!

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