Can Vinyl SPC Floor Be Used for Indoor and Outdoor Use?

You may be wondering, can vinyl SPC floor be used for indoor and outdoor use? Well, vinyl SPC floor can be used indoors and outdoors, however most vinyl flooring is only specified for indoor usage.

While it is possible to install vinyl flooring outside, vinyl flooring performs best in a temperature controlled room. It is important to know that your flooring can have issues when using it outside where the temperature cannot be controlled or regulated. Your warranty can be voided if used outside. Not only does it give a great hardwood look without the cost, but you are able to use it for wet or dry applications because it is 100% waterproof.

Vinyl SPC flooring is reusable, it’s able to be taken apart and washed if needed. This can be useful if a flood were to occur, or if the vinyl is being used outdoor on a boat or on a deck and you want to clean it for the winter. Vinyl can be a great choice for flooring either indoors or out.

Vinyl SPC Flooring is the best choice for your house.
Vinyl SPC Flooring is the best choice for your house.

 

How is Vinyl SPC Flooring Made?

You may be wondering – How is vinyl SPC flooring made? Unlike laminate, vinyl is composed of different materials and applied with a different application process.

Each plank starts with polyvinyl chloride resins (PVC) added to calcium carbonate. Then, fungicide is tossed in to prevent mold, and UV stabilizers are added to slow the floor’s fading process.

Next is the design phase. The print is pressed directly onto the middle vinyl foam layer to give it a decorative pattern. If the plank is to have texture, it is applied after through a process called chemical embossing.

Then, each plank will be moved to a click-lock system machine.

After the flooring is inspected for quality, it’s sent to the production line where the process is finalized.

Traditional luxury vinyl is created using 5 main layers.

  • Anti-fade UV coating: Increase clarity of grainsgrains, anti -scratch.
  • Transparent wear resistant layer: Anti-impact and it is not easily deformed. Durability is more than 20 years. It is used widely in residential or shopping malls, especially in crowded places
  • Printed décor Layer: Modern design based on the most popular trend in the market today.
  • Rigid SPC Core: It is composed of CaCO3 powder and virgin plastic powder.
  • Underlayment (Options): Increasing adhesion of film and core layer, withstand temperatures from -10°C to – 45°C.
UV coating process in the production of vinyl SPC flooring
UV coating process in the production of vinyl SPC flooring

 

4 factors that determine whether the SPC floor is good or not?

What is SPC rigid core flooring?

SPC click-lock flooring is the latest generation of flooring with outstanding features: Enhanced stability, high performance, 100% waterproof, high-density solid core, and resistance to shrinkage.

SPC flooring can be easily installed on any surface including concrete or pre-glued vinyl flooring.

Locked SPC flooring is completely free of formaldehyde and uses safe materials for both commercial and civil works.

An Cuong SPC Flooring is made from 5 sturdy layers for high durability
An Cuong SPC Flooring is made from 5 sturdy layers for high durability

Structure and characteristics of SPC click-lock floor An Cuong

An Cuong SPC click-lock floor is composed of 4 layers:

UV Coating

As the top surface layer to help enhance the clarity of the vein film, resist fading.

Wear layer class

This is a layer that creates high durability of over 20 years and works to prevent abrasion, scratches, bacteria, and slips.

Decorative printing class

Modern design is based on the most popular models on the market today from wood grain, stone grain, carpet pattern. The film thickness is 0.5mic.

Rigid Core layer

The main components of the SPC rigid core layer are high-grade PVC plastic and super-fine stone powder, the use of the SPC rigid core layer is waterproof, not a termite, anti-warping when subjected to weather effects. Thanks to high-tech extrusion technology, the SPC rigid core layer also has good force and high elasticity.

Underlayment

Enhances the floor’s ability to grip and fit with the available surface, creating a smooth and real feeling when walking on the floor.

4 factors that determine whether the SPC floor is good or not?

To be considered a “good plastic floor” needs to meet standards such as:

Product quality

Good SPC rigid core flooring must be a product made from 5 layers are hard core layer, scratch-resistant wear layer, decorative printing layer, UV coating, and underlayment. The product must be free from warping, cracking or any other signs to be considered a quality product.

Installation process

The installation process contributes a very important part to the plastic floor that must be properly installed to be able to be used for a long time without any objective problems such as: falling, peeling panels.

The process of using and cleaning

“Durable in people” so in the process of using and cleaning the walls of the home, homeowners should also clean the panels properly to be able to use plastic floors for a long time.

Brand/Product supplier

One of the most is to learn about the brand of the product. You should use products of high quality, which are strictly inspected and supervised by the authorities. Besides, consulting the people who have used it is also an effective way.

Product suppliers must choose genuine products with the best quality to supply to users.

SPC click-lock An Cuong floor products are domestically produced, so the price will be minimized compared to imported products of the same type. Depending on the needs of the customer, there are prices and products as desired.

Please contact An Cuong Flooring for the most preferential price when you want to buy plastic flooring products.

An Cuong Herringbone SPC Floorings : Must-have pattern in your home

It is believed that SPC flooring with enormous advantages is becoming popular around the world. Hence, An Cuong Floorings always focuses on developing and improving all types of products that meet customers’ demands such as a variety of patterns (wood grain, textures, etc.) and durability. Last year, we launched the herringbone SPC flooring to enable customers to catch up with the design trends of interior floorings, create a modern living space but not feel tired of the traditional flooring cover arrangement of planks.

What is the herringbone pattern?

The Herringbone pattern appeared in the Roman Empire, where it was used in buildings its roadways. Until now, this type of pattern still has never gone away and has been used on all fashion items such as clothes, bags, even home interior.

It is a classic 90 degrees right-angled tile. The arrangement of this type is two wooden slats at a 90-degree right angle lined up with a straight spike along the length of the room or a 90-degree right angle starting from the right corner of the room.

(Herringbone SPC flooring is becoming popular over the world)
(Herringbone SPC flooring is becoming popular over the world)

An Cuong Herringbone SPC flooring

An Cuong Floorings, as one of the most innovative and trendy manufacturers, we produce our own series of Herringbone SPC flooring. We offer An Cuong Herringbone SPC flooring size: 650 x 150 x 4 (mm). This thin plank will bring a tighter, more detailed-looking design. The colors and textures of the planks you choose can give your room a whole different look and feel. With An Cuong Herringbone SPC flooring, you can experience all the benefits of SPC flooring in an amazing pattern.

Styles of Herringbone SPC flooring

When thinking about herringbone styles, traditional style will come to your mind. Indeed, these days, there are other appealing styles such as double herringbone or art and craft basket weave.

(Styles of An Cuong Herringbone SPC flooring)
(Styles of An Cuong Herringbone SPC flooring)

Moreover, you can combine An Cuong SPC herringbone flooring with other flooring coverings such as ceramic tiles and carpets. It is useful for subtly dividing the space to emphasize the area or to add depth to the space.

You can also hang it on the wall for another effect. In residential and commercial facilities, it can create stunning and delicate looks.

Installation, Cost & Maintenance

An Cuong Herringbone SPC flooring is applied the click lock Unilin technique. Hence, it is easy to install without glue and nails.

Just like other SPC flooring, the average cost is much less than ceramic tiles or other types of flooring. And it is easy to maintain due to its waterproof, anti-slip, and scratch resistance.

How to care and maintain an SPC Flooring

In recent years, SPC floorings are such a good option for both homes and commerce zones because of numerous advantages of this type of floorings, typically AnPro such as scratch resistance, Uniclic click-lock technology usage, super durable SPC layer, effective noise resistance, anti-slip, and no formaldehyde.

Especially, it is one of the easiest flooring types to maintain and clean due to its 100% waterproof and damp-proof features. However, you should bear some tips in mind when doing it. In this article, AnPro provides instructions to you to keep your SPC flooring as good as new and extend its lifespan.

Sweep Regularly

Sweeping the SPC floor regularly to remove any dust and loose dirt
Sweeping the SPC floor regularly to remove any dust and loose dirt

Sweeping the floor using a manual broom or going for advanced equipment such as a brushless vacuum and an electric broom should be done daily to remove any dust and loose dirt. Notably, you should avoid using the beater bars of your vacuum on your SPC flooring because it tends to damage the coating.

Mop Weekly

Mopping the SPC flooring occasionally
Mopping the SPC flooring occasionally

Only sweeping is not enough. But you should not mop too often to avoid dulling the floorings’ shine. You had better use a damp cloth or mop and clean thoroughly with mild or neutral pH solution to remove stains. You also consider choosing suitable chemical detergents for your flooring as recommended by your SPC flooring manufacturers, especially keeping off multi-surface cleaners, bleach, detergent, strong abrasive cleaner agents like organic-solvent, ammonium, or alcohol-based detergent.

Although SPC flooring is made of water-resistant material, you should also avoid flooding with an excessive amount of water when mopping. Water that penetrates through the joining and edges may also encourage molds growth.

No Steam Cleaning

Skipping steam cleaning
Skipping steam cleaning

If you have the habit of using steam cleaning to sanitize your flooring, you must give it up immediately although it is very useful when you can clean, sanitize and dry quickly all at once without using chemical cleaners. The steam vapor over 90°C with the moisture can cause issues like warping, edge cupping, bending, and bubbling of floor plank that are beyond repair.

SPC Flooring Polish Usage

Polishing the SPC flooring can maintain a glossy look
Polishing the SPC flooring can maintain a glossy look

Polishing your floor can help to maintain a glossy look. Just follow the simple steps here but beware of not overdoing it.

  • Firstly, sweep the floor to remove debris and dust.
  • Mop it to remove stains
  • Follow the polish instructions to start polishing your floor.

Stay away from Direct Heat

Do not heat the SPC flooring directly
Do not heat the SPC flooring directly

The majority of individuals may be unaware of this. Heat is a problem with SPC flooring.

Any direct heat from matches, heating appliances, or cigarette butts might scar or harm it. As a result, support heated surfaces with rugs or mats that do not come into direct touch with your SPC flooring.

Ambassador of Italia to Vietnam hopes to expand cooperation opportunities with An Phat Holdings 

On February 16, in Hai Duong, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam and the delegation of the Italian Embassy and the leaders of Hai Duong province had a meeting with An Phat Holdings (APH) at the factory of An Phat Bioplastics. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Antonio Alessandro the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam, Mr. Michele D’Ercole – Chairman of Italian Chamber of commerce in Vietnam (ICHAM), Mr. Tran Thanh Quyet – Director of non-governmental organization of ICHAM. On Hai Duong side, there were Mr. Pham Xuan Thang – Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council; Mr. Nguyen Minh Hung – Member of the Provincial People’s Committee, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, representatives of leaders of the Office of the Provincial Party Committee, Office of the Provincial People’s Committee, and Directors of the Departments sch as: Departments of Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, Science & Technology, Agriculture & Rural Development; Culture, Sports & Tourism, Education & Training; Management Boards of Provincial Industrial Parks. Welcoming the delegation, there were Mr. Dinh Xuan Cuong – Vice Chairman, General Director of APH and the entire senior management board. 

The meeting overview 

At the meeting, Mr Dinh Xuan Cuong pointed about An Phat Holdings’ strengths in manufacturing high-tech plastic products, raw materials and bioplastic decomposition products, supporting industries and industrial real estate. With 20 years of development, APH is a closed partner of domestic and foreign enterprises. APH’s long-term partners are located in many countries around the world, especially in Europe with the prominent being Italy and France. “Currently, we are one of the suppliers of high-tech plastic components for large corporations such as Samsung, Honda, Toyota and Piaggio”, said Mr. Cuong. 

An Phat Holdings is also promoting the development of industrial real estate with two industrial parks An Phat Complex (100% occupied) and An Phat 1 (under the ground completion). These are the strengths for An Phat Holdings to boost production and cooperate with many domestic and foreign enterprises. 

Mr. Antonio Alessandro – Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam expect APH share experiences on attracting FDI, investing in industrial zones, producing biodegradable and automated plastic products

At the meeting, Mr Antonio Alessandro asked some questions about the process of business strategy towards biodegradable plastic products of APH. “In Italy today, biodegradable plastic is considered the only solution to reduce plastic waste. Especially, after participating in the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), we understand the importance of biodegradable plastics for sustainable development,” said Antonio Alessandro. 

Besides, with the desire to support Italian businesses to invest in Vietnam, Mr. Antonio Alessandro looks forward to An Phat Holdings sharing about the benefits of An Phat Complex and An Phat 1 industrial zones as well as developing automation lines. 

To answer those question, Mr. Dinh Xuan Cuong said that An Phat Holdings had seen the trend of plastic products and decided to change its strategy. Focusing on developing biodegradable plastic is the result after many discussions with foreign partners, researching the world market. It was also the story of the An Phat Holdings development about 7 years ago”, Mr. Dinh Xuan Cuong emphasized. 

Mr. Dinh Xuan Cuong, Vice President, General Director of APH talked about the APH’s development strategy for biodegradable plastic materials & products 

Regarding industrial real estate, Mr. Pham Van Tuan – Deputy General Director of APH said, the industrial zones of An Phat Holdings, like other industrial zones in Hai Duong Province, still support businesses in tax such as tax exemption for the first 2 years. Either more, An Phat Complex or An Phat 1 are not merely industrial parks for leasing land, but also include service and residential areas to create an industrial park ecosystem. “We want to attract businesses not only to rent factories but also to support connection and supply chain,” said Mr. Tuan. 

Sharing more about the strengths of industrial zones, Mr. Cuong said, like industrial real estate invested by Singapore and Japan enterprises, APH provides high-quality services but with more competitive costs, attractive warehouse prices as well as competitive prices. “The importance is that we have different supply businesses to support each one to invest to expand production, most notably to support Piaggio”, Mr. Cuong said 

The Delegation took photos

After the meeting, Mr. Antonio Alessandro said that, with the experience and the position of TOP 100 largest private enterprises in Vietnam, An Phat Holdings prove experience and is a partner to learn and invest in the future. 

In order to increase cooperation efficiency, Mr. Pham Xuan Thang – Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council of Hai Duong Province suggested that the Italian Embassy and Hai Duong province, as well as An Phat Holdings together, connect to attract more Italian FDI enterprises invest in Hai Duong province. 

An Phat Holdings to be honored with Vietnam Gold Star Award

On 14th February 2022, the Organizing Board of the Vietnam Gold Star Award announced that An Phat Holdings had won this prestigious award granted by the Vietnam Youth Federation Central Committee and  Viet Nam Young Entrepreneurs’ Association.

The Vietnam Gold Star Award 2021 attracted the participation of hundreds of businesses in many different industries. An Phat Holdings excellently fulfilled strict criteria in terms of revenue, profit, product competitiveness, social contribution activities, etc. to enter the Top 100 typical enterprises of the award.

This is the fifth time An Phat Holdings and its subsidiaries is honored with this award. Along with other major awards such as the National Quality Award, the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA), the ASEAN Business Award (ABA), etc. the Vietnam Gold Star Award is conclusive proof of our efforts to become a leading eco-friendly and high-tech plastic enterprise in Southeast Asia. This is also an affirmation of the prestige and brand of An Phat Holdings in the domestic and international markets.

An Phat Holdings officially organized Ground Breaking Ceremony for the largest green materials factory in Southeast Asia

Today, An Phat Holdings officially organized Ground Breaking Ceremony for PBAT Compostable Resin Plant. A The Ceremony was attended by Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue –  Chairman of National, Head of the delegation; Mr. Bui Van Cuong – Secretary-General of National Assembly, Chairman of National Assembly’s Office; Mr. Vu Hong Thanh – Chairman of National Assembly Committee on Economy;  Mr. Nguyen Phu Cuong – Chairman of National Assembly Committee on Finance and Budget; Mr. Le Quang Huy – Chairman of National Assembly Committee on Science, Technology and Environment; Mr. Vu Hai Ha – Chairman of National Assembly Committee on Foreign Affairs; Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung – Minister of Ministry of Planning and Investment;  Mr. Tran Hong Ha – Minister of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Mr. Nguyen Hong Dien – Minister of Ministry of Industry and Trade; Mr. Huynh Thanh Dat – Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology; Mr. Vo Thanh Hung – Deputy Minister of Ministry of Finance; Mr. Truong Hai Long – Deputy Minister of Ministry of Home Affairs; With assistants and secretaries of the Chairman of the National Assembly; the leaders of the Offices of the National Assembly.

On the local side, there were the attendance of Mr. Tran Luu Quang – Secretary of the City Party Committee -Head of the Hai Phong City National Assembly Delegation; Mr. Pham Xuan Thang – Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the People’s Council of Hai Duong province; Mr. Ngo Hanh Phuc – Vice Chairman of Yen Bai Provincial People’s Committee; and Vice Chairman of People’s Council, City People’s Committee and relevant departments, branches in Hai Phong city with the participation of more than 100 partners, customers of An Phat Holdings as well as central and local press agencies.

Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue with Ministers of Ministries and leaders of Hai Phong city, Hai Duong province and Yen Bai province and An Phat Holdings’ BODs pressed the ground-breaking button.
Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue with Ministers of Ministries and leaders of Hai Phong city, Hai Duong province and Yen Bai province and An Phat Holdings’ BODs pressed the ground-breaking button.

PBAT Compostable Resin Plant is the first green material factory in Southeast Asia, at the list of high-tech investment priority projects, located in Nam Dinh Vu Industrial Park (Hai Phong) with a capacity of 30,000 tons per annum, will be completed after 24 months. The total investment is 120 million USD, the factory will respond 100% An Phat Holdings material need, beyond to the goal of international export when operating. With the modern investment in technology and machinery, PBAT’s operating efficiency is highly optimized with an average operating time of 8,400 hours, equivalent to 350 days/year. The factory also achieves high automation, which is expected to create jobs for about 200 high-quality workers.

At the ceremony, Mr. Pham Anh Duong – Chairman of An Phat Holdings said, the project is the best and most reasonable solution to An Phat Holdings’ material source: being independence in terms of raw materials supply, reducing price to get closer to consumers and moving towards to replacing traditional plastic products.

“An Phat Holdings will represent Vietnam in putting its name on the global map of green materials and become a pioneer in implementing Vietnam’s commitment to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050”, Mr. Duong said.

Mr. Pham Anh Duong – Chairman of An Phat Holdings spoke at the ceremony
Mr. Pham Anh Duong – Chairman of An Phat Holdings spoke at the ceremony

Currently, An Phat Holdings has received the transfer design of factory process and technology from Technip Zimmer – the world’s leading supplier of technology design and solutions for large-scale industrial plants and complicated. Therefore, PBAT Compostable Resin Plant has outstanding quality, self – contained standards and the most modern production line.

Through this project, An Phat Holdings Group will complete the green circular ecosystem, become the first Vietnamese enterprise to produce bio-degradable plastic materials/products, officially participate in the world green material network. The price of green products will decrease by 20%~30% when the PBAT factory operate.

At the ceremony, Mr. Le Anh Quan – Permanent Vice Chairman of Hai Phong city People’s Committee shared the success in socio-economic development in Hai Phong city. At the same times, Mr. Quan also highly appreciated the role of PBAT plant in the process of contributing to the economic development of the city, especially to promoting the production of zero emissions, no greenhouse effect.

Mr. Le Anh Quan – Permanent Vice Chairman of Hai Phong city People’s Committee highly appreciated the role of PBAT plant in the process of contributing to the economic development of the city, especially to promoting the production of zero emissions, no greenhouse effect
Mr. Le Anh Quan – Permanent Vice Chairman of Hai Phong city People’s Committee highly appreciated the role of PBAT plant in the process of contributing to the economic development of the city, especially to promoting the production of zero emissions, no greenhouse effect

Also at the ceremony, Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue with Ministers of Ministries and leaders of Hai Phong city, Hai Duong province and Yen Bai province and An Phat Holdings’ BODs pressed the ground-breaking button, officially open the construction phase of the factory. This moment is also the foundation for An Phat Holdings to expand more projects to global green products and materials.

Some other activities:

The song “Bến cảng quê hương tôi” performed by singer Le Man
The song “Bến cảng quê hương tôi” performed by singer Le Man

 

Dance troupe performed at the ceremony
Dance troupe performed at the ceremony

 

Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue with Ministers of Ministries and leaders of Hai Phong city, Hai Duong province and Yen Bai province and An Phat Holdings’ BODs pressed the ground-breaking button.
Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue with Ministers of Ministries and leaders of Hai Phong city, Hai Duong province and Yen Bai province and An Phat Holdings’ BODs pressed the ground-breaking button.

Best and Worst Flooring Choices for Wet Areas

Areas of the home that are damp, moist, or outright wet pose challenges for flooring, since so many flooring materials are susceptible to mold, rot, or mechanical breakdown of the materials when they are subjected to moisture.

Organic vs. Inorganic Materials

As a general rule, floor coverings made from inorganic materials, such as synthetic plastics, will be better than floorings that contain organic materials. The term organic technically refers to any material that is carbon-based and was once living, but when used to describe flooring materials, it usually refers to plant-based materials, such as solid wood, engineered wood, or bamboo, which is actually a grass. When subjected to moisture, organic materials will quickly begin to decompose, and they can soon become a host for a variety of molds and bacteria. Most inorganic materials, on the other hand, are products made from synthetically refined chemicals, and they are largely immune to the effects of moisture.

Not all flooring materials are fully organic or inorganic, of course, and the ratio of organics to inorganics will affect their ability to handle moisture.

Laminate Flooring has a synthetic surface that is fully 100 percent inorganic, but the thicker base layer on the flooring is usually fiberboard, made from wood fibers. Laminate flooring, therefore, is usually a poor choice for damp locations. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a fully organic material, but because bamboo flooring is made from a large ratio of synthetic resins and glues, it is actually relatively good at handling moisture when compared to inorganic plastic laminate flooring.

One exception to the rule is carpeting. Except for relatively rare wool and cotton carpet blends, most carpeting is synthetic and fully inorganic. But because carpeting traps and holds moisture, it is a very poor choice for damp locations.

Good Flooring Coverings for Damp/Wet Locations

All the floor coverings in this category provide excellent protection against moisture. All of the materials

themselves are 100 percent waterproof. These flooring coverings can be used with confidence in kitchens, full family bathrooms, and basements.

Porcelain tile: 

Porcelain tile is a form of ceramic tile often used in showers, bathtubs, pools, and other pure-water areas. This material is highly resistant to intense water, thanks to the very fine clays and high firing temperatures used in its creation. Porcelain tile has a water absorption rate of 0.5 percent or less, defined by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C373. Porcelain tile is arguably the very best material for chronically damp locations, provided the grouted seams are maintained adequately. Cracked grout seams can provide an avenue for moisture to seep down into the subfloor.

Ceramic tile: 

As with porcelain, ordinary ceramic tile is an excellent choice in areas that see puddling or standing water. The only difference is that non-porcelain ceramic tile has a slightly higher water absorption rate, though this is typically not an issue. As with porcelain, the weak point of ceramic tile is not the tile itself, but the grouted seams between the tiles.

Luxury vinyl SPC flooring:

Luxury SPC vinyl flooring (SPC flooring) comes n long plank strips, typically 7 inches wide and 48 inches long. The lock-and-fold style of joinery provides a fairly tight seal against water. The entire layer of flooring is entirely waterproof, including the core, making this a much better flooring for wet areas than plastic laminate flooring. Luxury vinyl ranks slightly behind sheet vinyl and ceramic tile because the seams between planks do sometimes allow water to seep to the subfloor, especially if the installation is less than perfect.

SPC flooring is suitable for your bedroom
SPC flooring is suitable for your bedroom

Acceptable Flooring Covering for Damp Locations

Floor coverings in this category are not made of 100 percent waterproof materials. However, the top surface is fully waterproof, and when tightly seamed, water can pool on the surface for short periods of time without harm.

Engineered wood: 

Engineered wood performs better than laminate flooring because its base is of a sturdier, more water-resistant plywood material. Engineered wood will not stand up to long periods of standing water, but occasional puddling is not a problem. Manufacturers of engineered wood flooring may warranty their products against moisture damage but usually stipulate that spills and splashes need to be wiped up immediately. Like other floor coverings in this category, engineered wood is not a good choice where standing water is an ongoing likelihood.

Engineered wood flooring in a home office
Engineered wood flooring in a home office

Bamboo flooring:

Though bamboo flooring is made of organic material, the bamboo is heavily imbued with chemicals and resins that are water-resistant, though not waterproof.

Poor Flooring Covering for Damp or Wet Locations

The floor coverings in this category should not be used in wet areas at all. If installed, you do so at your own risk.

Solid hardwood (site-finished): 

Solid hardwood flooring, particularly of the parquet or tongue-and-groove variety, will not work in below-grade environments such as basements. And it is strongly discouraged for bathrooms, where water is prevalent. Once hardwood floors become water-logged, it is possible to save them, but they will never be as good as new ones. Site-finished hardwood is slightly better against moisture than pre-finished wood flooring since the sealant fills the seams and provides protection against water seeping to the subfloor.

Solid hardwood (pre-finished): 

Pre-finished flooring that is factory stained and finished has all the disadvantages of solid hardwood and is even more susceptible to moisture penetrating between the boards since there was no liquid layer of finish applied to fill the seams after installation. Further, the edges of pre-finished hardwood often are beveled, which can actually channel water into the seams.

Carpeting:

It is simply a bad idea to install carpeting in bathrooms and other wet places. Once wet, carpet dries out very slowly, promoting mold and mildew growth. Carpeting made from synthetic materials such as olefin and polyester is only slightly better than wool in damp areas. Generally, no matter what type of material the carpeting is made from, do not install it in wet or even semi-wet areas. If carpeting in a basement is absolutely needed, it should be elevated off the slab floor by using a raised subfloor of sleepers and plywood differnt.