Are you remodeling your bathroom, kitchen or basement? You should consider the moisture content of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms are prone to splashes and spills while some basements are susceptible to leaks. Do you live near water or in an area with heavy rain or storms? Do you have small children who love to play in the tub? Water damaged floors are unsightly, can cause mildew and bacteria to grow, or be costly and difficult to replace (anyone who has had to pull up mildewed carpet can testify). Don’t worry! You have options that are still affordable, comfortable and pleasing to the eye.
Rubber flooring is one of the best watertight flooring solutions on the market. Water easily beads on top and is simple to clean. It is perfect for high-traffic areas. Make your basement into a playroom or exercise area that can handle the rough wear and tear. It comes in many colors so it is versatile for any style. Rubber flooring is also excellent if you are standing for long periods of time, taking strain off of your feet and back. This durability and elasticity make it great for bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
Bamboo and Cork Flooring
Bamboo and cork floors are becoming more and more popular in modern homes. These eco-friendly options are attractive and a great choice for saunas, baths, kitchens and basements. Bamboo is a sustainable resource which is easy to install and beautiful to look at. It is also affordable and very durable, springing back at your footsteps.
The cork tiles we are talking about are not the same as the boards we stick thumbtacks in. They are harvested from the bark of cork oak trees without cutting them down. The bark regrows, creating a renewable source for this springy flooring. Cork is more difficult to install and maintain than bamboo, but done correctly, it is one more great solution.
Vinyl flooring is a widely popular remodeling option. It cleans easily while still bringing beauty and a splash of color to any space. Vinyl is available in a variety of colors to match your personal style. Really had your heart set on wood or stone? Vinyl can be found in stone and wood textures that will imitate your perfect look while remaining waterproof. It’s comfortable and affordable, a go to option for remodelers.
Tile and Stone Flooring
Tile and stone flooring: beautiful, elegant and waterproof! If you have a little room in your budget, consider a stone bath, or tile kitchen. These flooring solutions come in a variety of styles to fit any environment, from natural stone to porcelain and ceramic tiles. These materials are also commonly used as back splashes around sinks and tubs. Always use caution on wet stone or tile surfaces as they may become slippery when wet. Add a bath or kitchen mat for safety.
Other flooring options are not as waterproof as the ones we have listed above. Anything that has wood content is going to be very porous and absorb water, potentially soaking the subfloor and damaging it. All spills should be cleaned up immediately to try and prevent permanent damage.
Hardwood flooring is therefore not recommended for high moisture areas such as bathrooms and basements in flooding areas. If you simply must have wood floors, softwoods are more likely to spring back from water damage. Engineered wood flooring would also be a better option if waterproofing is a major concern. These floors are less absorbent and will provide more water protection while still looking beautiful.
Laminate flooring is also not as reliable when it comes to waterproofing as most laminates contain some wood. Some types of laminate are made entirely from plastic components and would be better for waterproof flooring. Technology continues to improve and some say that there may be more waterproof laminate flooring solutions in the near future.
Carpet is not recommended in high moisture areas of your house. It will be difficult to remove and can grow mildew. Although you can choose a more waterproof subfloor, the carpet will most likely be ruined. Try an area rug for a touch of style and something that is easy to move, clean or replace if need be.
Whether you are budget conscious, going for a certain look or just trying to make your basement livable, we have great flooring options for your next project. Call one of our experts for a free, in-home consultation and to talk over the options.
Happy remodeling and may your floors stay dry!
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