Water damage resulting from a flood in your home is often the impetus for new flooring. Whether you planned to or not, you’ll want to replace water-logged flooring with something attractive and safe for you and your family. That may be the same type of product you had before, or perhaps you’ll want to consider something different this time.
After you’ve gone through the stressful experience of water damage, you may decide to turn to water resistant flooring when you restore your home. Flood-hardy materials that offer protection are a smart choice, especially if you are placing the flooring in an area prone to water damage. Cleanup will be easier and you may get away with only restoring the flooring from damage instead of complete replacement.
What types of products are considered to fall into the category of water resistant flooring? The most common types of flooring recommended for flood prone areas include:
- Ceramic tile – available in a wide array of patterns, colors, and sizes, ceramic is adhered with a thinset mortar in areas with flooding risk. Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic that has the highest density, which is ideal for wet areas. This type of tile is very resistant to water, mildew and mold, plus easy to clean and highly durable. Ceramic tile is best installed by a flooring expert.
- Vinyl – available in tiles, planks or rolls, vinyl is typically adhered with latex flooring adhesive. Some tiles are self-sticking for easy installation, so proficient homeowners may be able to install vinyl themselves. Vinyl is waterproof, easily cleaned, mold and mildew resistant, inexpensive, and contains few seams that allow water to leak beneath the flooring.
- Laminate – engineered laminate flooring can be a solution because they are more resistant to moisture than solid wood and less dense. After flooding on water resistant laminate flooring, it’s not uncommon for only some planks to be damaged. You may be able to just replace the portions affected by the water.
- Treated concrete – concrete floors can have a special coating applied to them, such as stains or epoxies, to provide color and depth. Treated concrete is moisture resistant, and the installation should be done exactly according to directions.
- Inexpensive carpet – although the least durable option, some types of carpet are very inexpensive so homeowners are willing to risk future water damage. Installing carpet in square tiles with only double sided carpet tape allows for easy removal. Many people prefer the insulation and warmth that carpet provides. Mold and mildew is prominent with soggy carpets though, so replacement is usually necessary.
Keep in mind that your homeowner’s insurance may play a big role in flooring replacement. Often, flooring is addressed on a like kind and quality basis; this means that you are entitled to replace flooring with the same type or something of equivalent value. If you decide to upgrade, you usually can do so but expect to pay the difference in value. Also, keep in mind that you should expect insurance compensation for the total costs of flooring replacement (excluding any deductible that your particular policy might have.)
Flooring is not 100% waterproof, but look for options that are water resistant. No matter what, contact a reputable local flooring company to get advice on the best options to avoid issues in the future related to flooding damage to your floors.