Flooding and dealing with water damage cleanup is a severe headache for homeowners. Often when a carpeted room is flooded, the carpet will need to be torn up and replaced. Saving carpet that has been saturated in water, especially for long periods or water that is hazardous, is tough, and replacing the flooring might be the best option for you.
After water damage cleanup is complete, you’ll need to wait for the room to dry completely before installing new flooring. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you might want to consider flooring that is flood resistant. Make sure to ask the professionals conducting your water damage cleanup what flooring they recommend as they are on the frontlines every day, restoring and cleaning up flooring that has been damaged by disasters.
Some of the Option for Flood Resistant Flooring Include:
Waterproof Vinyl Flooring- Vinyl has come a long way in the nearly 100 years the material has been used in flooring. Today’s vinyl is incredibly durable, can mimic many different types of flooring, including wood, tile, or stone, and is the second most popular flooring found in homes (right behind carpet).
Ceramic/Porcelain Tile- Many homeowners choose tile for their bathrooms and kitchens because ceramic and porcelain are waterproof and durable when it comes to water damage cleanup. Tile is also recyclable and eco-friendly and can come in colors and styles that mimic more expensive materials such as marble or slate.
Waterproof Laminate- Not all laminate flooring is waterproof, so pay attention to details when you shop. This material has also come a long way since it’s inception, and some European brands are even making laminate flooring made from plastic, so it is 100 percent waterproof. Laminate flooring currently available in the US market, however, can still suffer after water damage cleanup and need to be replaced.
Water damage cleanup is best handled by a professional company that can determine whether or not your carpets can be saved. If the company you work with doesn’t offer floor replacement services, make sure to ask them about their recommendations on who else to contact for flood resistant floors.