Flooring That Can Survive Flooding
Due to the wet weather we have had in NE Ohio in recent years, many homeowners (including us) have run into problems with flooding (usually basements). It seems like this year has been particularly bad. In fact, our Berea store flooded this summer for the first time due to the unusually heavy storms we had. We can't control the weather, but let's look at some practical flooring options that can help homeowners who live in a flood-prone area.
Carpeting is a popular choice for basements because it is so warm & insulating and makes your basement areas more liveable. But carpeting can be a real challenge after a flood. The good news is that it can be saved , IF you act quickly! The problem is actually the carpet pad, which absorbs a lot of water. Water underneath the carpet creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. Once mold develops, it's over. So, your best move is to call professional cleaners ASAP (but no later than 24 hours). They have powerful equipment that can quickly extract water, remove the carpet pad and dry the carpet ASAP.
However, if your carpet did not make it and you still want carpeting in the basement, you might consider carpet tile. It is easy to install and is very family-friendly. In case of flooding (or spills, pet accidents, etc.), simply remove the affected tiles, have them cleaned and re-install them. The great news is carpet tile is becoming more popular today and is available in a variety of styles & colors. It's not just for offices anymore!
Wood & Laminate Flooring
We wish we had better news for you here. Because they are porous, wood & laminate floors are often permanently damaged in the event of flooding. Engineered wood & laminate flooring CAN be used in basements because they are less dense and more moisture-resistant than solid wood. However, we would not suggest installing these floors in your basement if you live in an area that is flood-prone.
Ceramic & Porcelain Tile
No problem here. Because they are made of stone, these tiles only absorb about 1-2% of standing water, making them one of the most waterproof floors available. Plus, they are fantastic solutions in southern climates because they keep homes nice and cool. If you live up north like we do, you might consider installing radiant heating underneath the tiles; or you can try...
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
This product is one of our favorites and is especially good in any area where moisture is a concern. They are waterproof (if installed with waterproof adhesive) and can handle standing water for a limited time. If any of the tiles are damaged, simply cut the damaged tiles out and replace them with spares. Plus, LVT is extremely durable, easy to clean and warmer and softer underfoot than ceramic. If that weren't enough, LVT tiles are gorgeous and available in a variety of realistic wood and stone looks (check out Mannington Adura, pictured above).
Coming home to a flooded basement is no fun (we know). Homeowners can mitigate the damage, cost and stress by choosing flooring that is not only durable and low-maintenance, but water-resistant and easy to replace.