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Finding the right flooring for water prone areas of your home used to be a serious challenge for homeowners. However, with today’s broad selection of waterproof flooring, ceramic tile, and laminate it’s never been easier to find the perfect flooring solution for your bathroom, basement, mudroom, or any room of your home. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the perfect flooring options for water prone areas.

The Challenges of Water Prone Areas

Areas of your home that are prone to water damage pose a high risk of developing mold, mildew, rot, and causing structural damage to your home. All of which can be an absolute nightmare to clean and repair. To save yourself from a giant headache in the future, it’s best to explore flooring options that are up for the challenge.

Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof flooring, also known as engineered vinyl plank(EVP), is designed to withstand water, UV damage, cracks and chips, and heavy foot traffic. It’s one of the most durable flooring options on the market. For these reasons, homeowners are having it installed throughout their homes and especially in water prone areas. With a wide variety of stylish design options, including stone textures, various wood grains, distressed finishes, and of course, countless color options, there is something to match every design aesthetic.

Ceramic Tile 

Like the aforementioned waterproof flooring, ceramic tile is one of the most durable flooring surfaces available. Ceramic tile has been a top flooring and décor option for hundreds and hundreds of years, and it’s easy to understand why – it’s easy to maintain, resistant to scratches, fire, and water, and versatile. Whether you’re replacing the floors in your mudroom, kitchen, bathroom, or basement, tile is up for the task With a plethora of colors, sizes, textures, and patterns available, your only limitation is your imagination.


Unlike waterproof flooring and ceramic tile, laminate isn’t 100 percent waterproof or water-resistant, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be considered for an area prone to occasional, light water exposure. Problems can arise if water manages to make its way through the seams of the laminate flooring. However, as long as the space isn’t prone to flooding and any spills are immediately taken care of, you’ll have little to no reason to worry.

Selecting new flooring for a room of your home that’s prone to water exposure doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Waterproof flooring, ceramic tile, and laminate are all reasonably priced.

Whether you’re interested in getting new tile flooring in the children’s bathroom of your Cincinnati home, or waterproof flooring in the basement of your Dayton residence, our experienced team is ready to help. Simply visit one of our nine locations, or schedule a Shop @ Home experience to get started.