Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What's the best flooring for wet basements?

Homeowners frequently have to deal with water in their basements and it can cost thousands to remedy this situation.  Whether you have standing water after severe storms or just a damp basement with walls that "sweat" during muggy days, you will want to put flooring down there that is designed for moist areas.

One of the most popular products for basement areas is carpeting.  It adds warmth and the carpet pad will add cushion to a hard, concrete floor.  Unfortunately, it's not impervious to water and carpeting is quickly destroyed by a flood or, worse yet, a sewer line that backs up.  Leaky water heaters or even continual moisture will ruin carpeting and carpet pads over time.

A better solution is an interlocking carpet tile such as the Royal Carpet Tile.  These are foam backed, interlocking tiles that are simple to install and lightweight.  Because the foam is a closed cell type, they are not damaged by water, even if they're submerged in a flood.  
Interlocking carpet tiles will not be damaged by flooding.

Carpet-top tiles and other types of foam flooring is nice for damp basements because moisture cannot penetrate the product material and they can be easily removed, dried (and cleaned), and replaced quickly and without a great deal of effort.

However, as a homeowner, you must be diligent when using this type of flooring in your basement.  This is especially true if you know you get water in your room.  This is because, although water won't damage your flooring, it can become trapped between your product and the concrete.  This can lead to problems such as mold or mildew.  If you use this type of product, you'll want to regularly inspect the concrete beneath your foam tiles to ensure no water is being trapped there.

Another option is a click-together floor tile such as MaxTiles or StayLock products.  These tiles sit on a foot system which allows air and water to flow beneath the surface of the flooring.  This allows water to evaporate more easily than it can beneath a foam solution.  You will still need to inspect your concrete subfloor but the chances of mold or mildew forming beneath the tiles is reduced.

Click together flooring keeps the surface of your floor up off the concrete.

For basement areas that flood frequently with copious amounts of water, the best solution is a perforated plastic tile such as the StayLock Perforated Tile.  Holes in the surface of the tile allow for even more evaporation.  These tiles are designed as a wet area product and offer the best solution for high problem areas.  
Perforated tiles allow for maximum evaporation in wet areas.

If you would like more information about basement flooring solutions, call us at 877-822-6622.