You are finally finishing up that basement! Congratulations! However, you live in a high risk flood area… What do you do? You’ve heard about vinyl flooring, but the waterproof claims seem to good to be true…
Well, The Claims Are True!
Vinyl plank flooring is the perfect flooring solution for busy households, basements, bathrooms, and even kitchens. It has the natural, stunning look of wood, without the risk of water damage because it is waterproof! This is because vinyl flooring is backed with a PVC, waterproof material. This makes vinyl flooring impervious to spills and other wet accidents in your home.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring can come in a plank format that clicks together, glues down, or is a loose lay installation. It’s a perfect flooring for people who like to do their own home renovations. The best part? Vinyl flooring can look convincing as hardwood, stone, or even tile!
What Happens If I Do Have A Flood?
You should still clean up your spills and accidents. However, in the case of an extreme water incident, such as a flooded basement, you can simply leave the floor to dry on its own.
If there is several inches of standing water on the floor however, it may not go away on it’s own. We recommend using a shop vac to suck up the water and letting the floor air dry with fans afterwards.
In the circumstance where there is water sitting underneath the planks, you can easily disassemble the vinyl plank flooring – let it dry, and put it back together like new!
If your vinyl has attached underlayment, most can also dry completely and be re-installed. If you have a closed-cell underlayment, it can be re-installed after completely dried. If you have a cork underlayment, then there is a risk for mold and mildew to grow, so those are not recommended to be re-installed.
Now how is that for a waterproof flooring? But don’t take it from us, just look at this customer review:
Our basement flooded, storm water and sewage, during Superstorm Sandy. We pulled up the carpet forever and had Bestlaminate install a waterproof vinyl locking planks. We just flooded again last night and less than 24 hours later, the shop vac and fans have us almost back in order. Best home improvement decision we have ever made.”
– Stacy S.
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