Best Waterproof Flooring Selection

by Scott S. | January 14, 2021

Waterproof Flooring has been growing in popularity over the past few years as more manufacturers are coming up with new technologies to better equip their products for the needs of consumers. Our team at American Carpet Wholesalers understands that it’s easy to get lost in all of the information… and we’re here to help! In the past, LVT has always been a top choice when it comes to waterproof flooring, but as technology advances, we are seeing more and more waterproof flooring options in laminate and carpet categories. So which waterproof flooring option is the best?

Well, that depends on a few things. To determine the best waterproof flooring option for your own needs, you can get started by viewing the differences in multilayer waterproof technology between luxury vinyl, laminate, and carpet. We’ve also added in our tips on which waterproof flooring options might best fit your needs.


Waterproof Vinyl Flooring (WPC)
As the most popular waterproof flooring option on the market right now, it’s easy to see how Luxury Vinyl Flooring is gaining even more attention with added waterproof qualities, also known as WPC. WPC vinyl can be a confusing term, basically, WPC stands for either Wood Plastic Composite or Waterproof Core. Waterproof Vinyl Flooring is one of the best waterproof flooring options for anyone looking to achieve the look of traditional hardwood without the maintenance.

multilayer waterproof flooring

Waterproof Vinyl Flooring (WPC) typically consists of 4 main layers but can vary by manufacturer:

  • Wear Layer: This is the top layer of the vinyl floor that serves as a barrier protecting against dents, scratches, and chipping.
  • Printed Vinyl: This layer features the image printed on the vinyl, resulting in a high quality representation of natural designs such as wood and stone.
  • Core: This layer is very important to how the product will withstand the impact of water. WPC cores prevent liquids from reaching the backing and prevent the flooring from warping, swelling, or chipping.
  • Backing: This layer serves as a foundation to the flooring and can greatly impact how the floor covering retains its form and wear.

Tip: Pay attention to the thickness of the wear layer of the product you are considering. The greater in thickness of the wear layer, the better suited the product will be for standing up to dents, scratches, etc.

adura max apex

Since waterproof vinyl flooring is a very popular option, there are many options from different manufacturers to choose from. We recommend checking out ADURA Max APEX by Mannington. Thicker and more rigid than conventional vinyl, ADURA Max APEX waterproof floors also feature Mannington’s premium Ultra-Quiet attached pad for superior sound reduction and greater comfort underfoot.

ADURA Max APEX floors are crafted with Mannington’s exclusive HydroLoc 100% waterproof core and ScratchResist surface protector. ScratchResist creates a surface so tough it wears down the ridges on a quarter. This is Mannington’s patented performance floor coating, with Aluminum Oxide to help keep floors free from everyday household scratches and looking newer longer. ADURA Max APEX offers many styles and colors to choose from. Check out the ADURA Chart House collection as shown in the image above (color: Anchor).

Neptune's selection of rigid core waterproof flooring also provides a great place to start when looking for an option that provides the look and feel of hardwood flooring without the maintenance. Neptune Rigid Core Waterproof Flooring contains 4 distinct layers making the products to be extra dense (2x more dense than standard WPC products). Neptune's selection of waterproof flooring is combined into 4 styles; Elite, MaXL, Synergy, and Synergy Mixed Widths that are all coated with a quartz enhanced urethane wear layer for added protection against heavy foot traffic, scratches, and dents.

You can find more on Neptune Waterproof Flooring on the collection page of our website or by reading our Neptune Waterproof Flooring Review.

As the industry leader in 100% waterproof core flooring, we cannot forget to mention US Floors' original waterproof flooring, COREtec. COREtec waterproof flooring is a product that should be on your radar due to the stability, ease of installation, and various styles to choose from. With COREtec, you get US Floors' limited lifetime residential warranty on all style and color options. COREtec is also available in different width sizes for versatility including; 7 inches, 9 inches, and even XL options.

COREtec Highlights

  • 100% waterproof, kidproof, and petproof with 20mil protective wear layer
  • Fast & easy to install without acclimation
  • Installs over existing hard surface floors
  • Dimensionally stable and will not expand or contract
  • Resists water without damage to flooring
  • Available in various natural designs in plank, tile, and stone

You can find more on why COREtec waterproof flooring comes highly recommended by the flooring experts at American Carpet Wholesalers in an additional article we published, COREtec LV - The Original Waterproof Flooring. We've done the research so you can feel confident about your new flooring.

Last and certainly not least when it comes to vinyl waterproof flooring is Shaw Floorte PRO. Shaw Floorte Waterproof Flooring uses high definition printing for a natural looking hardwood or tile that is highly authentic. With Shaw's FOLD N GO locking system, installation can be quick and easy but also result in a floor that is strong and durable. Floorte PRO contains strong waterproofing capabilities with it's construction making it a perfection option for high-moisture areas or areas below-grade such as basements.



Waterproof Laminate Flooring
One of the most common misconceptions with Laminate flooring is that it is the same as LVT. However, while they may look similar on the surface, Laminate is traditionally more susceptible to the damages of water. Luckily, Laminate Waterproof flooring has emerged into the market, providing new great options for you to consider for your space. To make sure that your laminate flooring does not warp or stain when in contact with water, be sure to check out the best waterproof laminate options below.

An exceptional solution for active households, Mohawk’s RevWood Laminate flooring collection resists stains, scratches, and dents while offering all the beauty of wood floors.

RevWood Plus

Mohawk RevWood Plus comes with HydroSeal, a hydrophobic coating applied around the perimeter of the click profile and is an integral part of the Redwood Plus waterproof flooring system. RevWood is available in a variety of styles in trending colors to coordinate with any decor. Spills, accidents, and tracked-in stain-makers are kept on the surface for quick, easy cleanup thanks to Uniclic MultiFit technology— The industry’s leading glueless locking system.

Mohawk RevWood Plus Plank Waterproof flooring also features All Pet Protection & Warranty covering all pets, all accidents, all the time. Being 100% waterproof, it’s the best performance wood floor for families with pets. Routine sweeping and wet mopping keep Mohawk RevWood Plus Plank Waterproof Flooring looking new.


Waterproof Carpet Flooring
If you have carpet in your home or office, you know how damaging water and spills can be to your floor. And although many carpet manufacturers have a wide selection of water-resistant options to choose from, they are not fully protected against water. In some areas of your home, having carpet that is water-resistant just isn’t enough. This is why we consider Shaw's Lifeguard Waterproof Carpet line to be the best waterproof carpet selection on the market.

Shaw Lifeguard Waterproof Carpet combines two of their new technologies LifeGuard® Spill-proof Backing™ and R2X to provide a waterproof carpet option that can prevent damage from water and spills. Lifeguard® Spill-proof Backing™ does not allow liquids to penetrate through its backing or to the underlying padding. Made up of 100% thermoplastic, LifeGuard® Spill-proof Backing™ provides complete, clean-up protection by keeping spills and odor-causing pet accidents from soaking through to the pad and subfloor— This makes worries of mold and mildew a thing of the past.

Shaw Lifeguard Waterproof Carpet

Shaw Lifeguard Waterproof carpet has the patterns, color, and quality that you’re looking for to bring a unique look to your space. With Shaw’s R2X stain and soil repellent technology, you can rest assured that your carpet will remain fresh and free from lingering odors and stains. 

Installing a waterproof carpet brings with it an ease of maintenance, reliability, and comfort that the whole family will enjoy for years! Are you thinking waterproof carpet is too good to be true? Order a sample today! You can find the best deals on Shaw Lifeguard Waterproof carpet at American Carpet Wholesalers.


From over 20 years selling direct to consumers online, we’ve found the best places to use waterproof flooring is in kitchens, bathrooms, and below-grade areas such as basements. While you can use waterproof flooring in any room of the house, these key areas are going to get you the most value for your investment by strengthening the life of your floor with little to no maintenance down the road.

There’s so many options to choose from and these are just some of the waterproof flooring options available online and in store at American Carpet Wholesalers.

Get started on finding the right waterproof flooring option for your project by giving us a call today. We can help you find the best waterproof flooring option for your needs at a price that fits your budget. Why pay more when you can save with ACWG? We’ve got the best waterproof flooring options at wholesale prices.

Our team of flooring experts can help answer any questions as well as arrange samples to be sent directly to your doorstep. Give us a call today at 800-548-2706. We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your next flooring project.

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