As you all know, Joe Taylor Restoration does water restoration. And because that’s what we do, we see A LOT of wet floors. Flooring of all kinds, flooring and water damage, flooring we make every attempt to save. Although water damage can affect any part of a home or business, the most common rooms we work to restore are bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
So what types of flooring fare best in these rooms, particularly in water damage situations?
1. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Unequivocally, porcelain tile, part of the ceramic tile family, holds up best when it comes to flooring and water damage. Porcelain tile is certified as such if it has a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less. It cleans up well and bravely resists even standing pools of water, that is, if standing water is addressed immediately.
2. Vinyl: Sheet, Plank, or Tile
Vinyl is affordable, easy to install yourself, comes in a large variety of options (including sheet, plank and tile), and best of all, it’s extremely durable and water-resistant even when it comes to water damage.
3. Natural Stone
Natural stone, such as marble, slate, granite, and limestone, are obvious choices for the moisture-filled environments of bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And they tend to hold up well when there is water damage. However, there can be issues with staining, warping, and the like in some cases.
Having one of the above types does not ensure that flooring will endure a water damage scenario. But the above have a much better chance of survival than other types of flooring, particularly if the water damage is addressed right away.
Other common types of flooring include engineered wood, hard wood, laminate and carpet. The survival of the wood and laminate options depend largely on the precision of the initial installation and how tight the seems are between planks. We have saved many hard wood floors in our time, but laminate and engineered wood are sometimes more difficult to salvage. Carpet is a whole different conversation, dependent largely on the type and severity of the water damage. Carpet can be dried, but often needs to be removed for proper restoration to take place.