Waterproof Flooring in Portland, OR from Paulson's Floor Coverings - PFC

Can You Waterproof Your Existing Floors?

One common question we receive from our customers is whether it's possible to waterproof floors that are already installed. The short answer? Yes, it is possible! While it may require some effort and investment, waterproofing existing floors can be a cost-effective solution compared to replacing them entirely.

Options for Waterproofing Existing Floors

There are several methods available for waterproofing existing floors, depending on the type of flooring material you have:

  1. Sealants and Coatings: Sealants and coatings can be applied to a variety of flooring surfaces, including hardwood, laminate, and tile, to create a protective barrier against moisture. These products are available in both water-based and solvent-based formulations and can help prevent water damage and staining.
  2. Grout Sealing: For tile floors, sealing the grout lines is essential to prevent water from seeping through and causing damage to the subfloor. Grout sealers penetrate the porous surface of the grout, creating a waterproof barrier that helps to keep moisture out.
  3. Waterproof Underlayments: If you have a floating floor installation, such as laminate or engineered hardwood, adding a waterproof underlayment beneath the flooring can provide an extra layer of protection against moisture. These underlayments typically feature a moisture barrier that prevents water from reaching the subfloor.
  4. Repairing and Resealing: If your existing floors have minor damage or wear, repairing any cracks or gaps and resealing the surface can help improve their water resistance. This is particularly important for hardwood floors, which can be susceptible to water damage if not properly maintained.

When to Consider New Waterproof Flooring

While waterproofing existing floors is possible, there are instances where investing in new waterproof flooring may be the more practical solution:

  1. Severe Water Damage: If your existing floors have experienced severe water damage, such as flooding or extensive moisture infiltration, it may be more cost-effective to replace them entirely rather than attempting to repair and waterproof them.
  2. Desire for a Different Look: If you're looking to update the aesthetic of your space or switch to a different type of flooring material, replacing your floors with new waterproof options gives you the opportunity to achieve the look and functionality you desire.
  3. Long-Term Investment: Investing in new waterproof flooring can provide peace of mind knowing that your floors are protected against moisture damage for years to come. With advancements in flooring technology, there are now more options than ever for durable, waterproof flooring solutions.

Visit Paulson's Floor Coverings Today!

Whether you're considering waterproofing your existing floors or exploring new waterproof flooring options, the experts at Paulson's Floor Coverings are here to help. With two showrooms conveniently located in Portland, and Vancouver, our knowledgeable staff can guide you through the selection process and help you find the perfect flooring solution for your needs and budget.

Contact us today or visit one of our showrooms to learn more about our wide selection of waterproof flooring options and discover why Paulson's Floor Coverings has been the trusted choice for quality flooring in the Pacific Northwest for over a century.