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Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.


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Love The Look Of Hardwood But Own Fish? Install Vinyl Plank Flooring Instead

Maykel Sloothaak

If you want to install hardwood flooring in your home but own fish, choose vinyl plank flooring instead. Although pets, such as dogs and cats, can damage natural hardwood flooring with their nails when they walk, run or play on it, the water and moisture from your fish aquarium can also cause problems with hardwood. Wood is vulnerable to mold growth and decay when it's repeatedly exposed to water and moisture, such as when you clean your fish aquarium. You can splash water out of the tank during the cleanings, or your fish can become excited and splash water out of the tank. Here's why you should install vinyl plank flooring.  

What's Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Vinyl flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring available today. It's simple to clean and comes in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. But one of the most advanced types of vinyl flooring is plank. Vinyl plank flooring contains PVC, plasticizer or some other type of plastic that gives it the strength, durability and easy care of traditional vinyl but features the same or similar qualities of hardwood flooring.

Plank flooring resembles natural wood because it features the same or similar unique colors, patterns and textures of natural wood. For instance, manufacturers design English sycamore vinyl flooring with the same or similar quarter-sawn or figured patterns and textures of natural English sycamore wood. 

If you plan to use hardwood flooring because you want to create an elegant but warm look in your home, vinyl plank flooring is the right alternative choice for you. 

Is Vinyl Plank Flooring Waterproof?

Vinyl plank flooring is essentially waterproof. The smooth, coated vinyl surface of the flooring allows water to bead on it instead of soak into it. If you spill a lot of water from your fish tank during cleanings, you benefit from installing vinyl plank flooring in your home. 

In addition, vinyl plank flooring is made with several protective layers that make it thick and resilient. The flooring comes in 2-6 millimeter-thick sizes or higher. Keep in mind that the thicker the vinyl is, the more protection you have against water damage. If you have a large aquarium in the home, you may wish to install a thicker flooring in the room that houses the tank. Thicker flooring may cost you a little more to install, but it can prevent the problems that occur from water and moisture, such as damaged floorboards and rusted pipelines.

For more information about vinyl plank flooring, contact a flooring contractor today.