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Is my LVP waterproof? How much water?

3/24/2023 (Permalink)

LVP installed in a kitchen with white cabinets and dark brown flooring LVP - Glue Down installed in a Kitchen

The new trending floor on the market is called LVP or Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. This flooring is labeled everywhere as WATERPROOF! However how much water are we talking about. Due to how the material is constructed while the material is not going to change when in contact with water does not mean that it will not need to be removed in a home water damage.

Why may this waterproof flooring need to be removed or replaced? While it’s made to withstand everyday accidents like a pet accident, a spilled glass of water, kids getting out of the bathtub. It’s not 100 percent airtight meaning what can find a gap and affect the surrounding material that will need to be dried.

Can you remove and re-install this flooring. Short answer, yes. However it’s not easily done as pieces can break during remove/replacing, each piece would need to be cleaned down and installed in the same order it was removed to prevent from needing more material. Insurance companies most often will agree to pay for replacement of this flooring if it becomes wet and needs to dry the subfloor to prevent any headaches at trying to put a puzzle together.

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