Keep Your Floor Dry with these 3 Waterproof Flooring Materials!

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Waterproof floors are a critical component of many basements. When choosing a type of flooring for your basement, these three waterproof materials have advantages as well as disadvantages. Consumers thinking about installing any one of these floor types should give consideration to the pros and cons before making their selection.

 

Epoxy Floors

Epoxy is a smooth, shiny sealant available for sale in home improvement stores. Once cured, epoxy creates a lustrous, resinous finish.

Pros:

  • Durability. Epoxy is very durable, making it perfect for workrooms and other high-traffic areas.
  • Decorative. Epoxies come in a range of colors, so it has a cosmetic advantage as well as practical advantage.
  • Easy to maintain. The smooth texture of epoxy makes it easy to sweep and clean.

 

Considerations:

  • Tricky installation. Epoxy must be installed over a completely dry, properly prepared surface. If epoxy is installed over a surface that has not been properly prepared and dried, presence of moisture in the surface beneath the epoxy can result in the epoxy detaching from the floor.
  • Curing problems. Epoxy is a combination of resin and hardener, mixed at the time of application. Improperly mixed epoxy will not cure correctly.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl comes in tile or rolls and because of its waterproof qualities, vinyl is commonly used in rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. Vinyl has many advantages, which makes it a common flooring material in homes across the U.S. Homeowners who wish to give their basements a homey, finished look often turn to vinyl. 

Pros:

  • Affordability. Compared with many other flooring materials, vinyl is very affordable.
  • DIY potential. Installation of vinyl is a breeze for many DIY-capable homeowners.
  • Mold-resistant. Vinyl resists molds and mildew, making it a good product to use in flood-prone areas of the basement.
  • Easy to clean. Stains and spills can easily be mopped up from concrete. It’s also easy to sweep.
  • Decorative. This material comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
  • Durability. Both rolled and tiled vinyl are highly durable, and therefore a good choice for high-traffic areas.

Considerations:

  • Difficult to fix. Once damaged, vinyl doesn’t ever look the same.
  • It’s not green. Vinyl is a petroleum product and as such, is not environmentally friendly.

 

Waterproofed Concrete

Many basement floors are made of concrete, but bare concrete is not waterproof. Concrete basement floors are often made waterproof with an epoxy, as described above, or with a waterproof sealing paint. 

Pros:

  • DIY Potential. Many homeowners find painting their basement floors to be a manageable task.
  • Inexpensive. Waterproofing paint is highly affordable.
  • Decorative. Paint comes in all colors and can be matched to basement walls and furniture.

Considerations:

  • Paint doesn’t last forever. Eventually, concrete sealed with paint must be re-sealed with new layers of paint.
  • Painting concrete takes effort. Although not very difficult, the process of removing the furniture, cleaning the floors and sealing the cracks before painting can be strenuous and time consuming.
  • Not a good solution for basements that flood frequently. Some basements just flood a lot. In basements like this, painted concrete will not stand the test of time.

 

The type of flooring you choose will depend on your budget as well as your preferences. If you’ve read through all of your choices, and still have questions about waterproof basement floors, contact one of our experts. We’d love to hear from you. Our highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals are glad to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation.

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