The warmth and natural beauty of hardwood is difficult to beat, but some hardwood flooring simply can’t survive in damp places, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or any other room with water exposure. Even humid conditions can take a toll on hardwood floors. Fortunately, Floor Coverings International Ottawa East knows a few hardwood (and wood-look) options that can hold their own against water damage.

White Oak Hardwood

White oak is naturally resistant to water. It’s one of the best options for outdoor hardwood areas, such as patios or decks. While this natural water-resistance isn’t foolproof, it does provide an extra level of protection. For the best results, you should treat any hardwood flooring with a sealant to improve water resistance.

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Wood Look Porcelain

Get the best of both worlds with wood-look porcelain. Porcelain tile is an ideal choice for any damp area: completely waterproof, easy to clean, and extremely durable. For the warmth of hardwood, porcelain can be printed with photo-realistic images of hardwood and installed in planks to further increase visual similarity.

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Maple Hardwood

Not only is maple a stunning and distinct hardwood option, it’s also naturally water-resistant. Maple can survive humid conditions and works well as a kitchen flooring. As with white oak, to increase the lifespan of your hardwood, treating your floors with a sealant is recommended.

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Luxury Vinyl Planks

Achieve the classic warmth and beauty of hardwood with luxury vinyl planks. This wood-look alternative is extremely water-resistant and also your best bet for accurately recreating the look of hardwood. This flooring comes in a variety of different hardwood styles, but at a more affordable price. The water-resistance of vinyl means that it works even in bathrooms.

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Get Started in Ottawa Today

To learn more about your various hardwood flooring options, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East! We’re happy to bring samples straight to your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Ottawa, Orleans and surrounding areas.

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