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How to Choose the Best Flood Proof Flooring Material


Those who have experienced flooding in a home or business know what a horror it can be. When it comes to structures, damage can be extensive in many aspects. However, one of the first things to be irreversibly damaged in the event of a flood is flooring. Even if just a little bit of water comes in, soaked flooring may need to be replaced entirely.

If you live in an area susceptible to floods or water leaks, it helps to choose a floor that does not need to be replaced every time it gets soaked. So what exactly would that type of floor entail? There are many flooring options for flood-prone areas that won't absorb flood water and its contaminants. These floors are easy to remove, dry and reinstall. To get into further detail about those types of floors, we will address the main factors to consider when choosing flood flooring by going through the following list of questions:

- What is the best flood proof flooring material?
- What does flood resistant flooring look like?
- How will it feel?
- Are there any special precautions I should take for my floor prior to a flood?
- What do I do with my floor after a flood to restore it to its original condition?
- How much does flood proof flooring cost?
- What are the best flood flooring options?

What's the best flood proof flooring material?

In general, the best flood proof flooring materials include polypropylene or PVC plastic, closed-cell foam and vulcanized rubber. Non-vulcanized rubber can also be used, but keep in mind that while the rubber won't absorb water, when soaked over time, the water can work its way into the tiny pores and will take longer to dry out. Another option is treated wood. However, if the treatment is not high-quality and does not protect the wood sufficiently, wood can end up rotting or warping after exposure to moisture.

How does flood flooring look?

Flood-proof flooring comes in a wide variety of styles and designs. It may be hard to believe, but flood proof flooring doesn't have to be ugly. It can look as stylish as any other type of home, commercial or athletic flooring. With the advancements in specialty flooring over the years, there is flood resistant carpet or flooring that looks like wood or stone as well as traditional black rubber gym flooring. At Gym Rubber, for example, you can choose from pretty much any style or aesthetic that you want for your space.

How does waterproof flooring feel?

Flood-compatible flooring also comes in a huge variety of feel - from dense, hard flooring to plush carpet. As a general rule, rubber flooring rolls or other rubber flooring thinner than 1 inch will be the firmest flooring - aside from concrete or stone. Closed cell EVA or PE foam flooring will be your softest and most cushioning option. Plastic flooring fills the gap between the two nicely. The nice part about plastics is that they can be made in a wide variety of softnesses and elasticities. Polypropylene flooring is more on the firm and rugged side while its PVC flooring in many cases offers cushion, fatigue relief, and even fall protection. Waterproof carpet feels much like traditional carpet. Gym Rubber offers the entire range of surface textures, including fatigue-relief and shock-absorption floors.

What precautions should I take when installing my flood resistant flooring?

One important thing to avoid when installing flood resistant flooring is the use of adhesives. Staying away from adhesives means that flooring can be easily removed and dried out if it gets thoroughly soaked. Removing flooring also allows the subfloor to dry out as well. After, the flooded carpet, vinyl, plastic or rubber flooring can be re-installed without the risk of mold or mildew. Should you desire to adhere your flood flooring to a subfloor, double-sided tape would be the next best option. There are also moisture cured polyurethane adhesives available. If you have any doubts about whether or not to use adhesives in your space, simply get in touch with a Gym Rubber representative. They can help you figure out the best way to install your flooring in flood zones.

How do I restore my flood proof flooring after it gets wet?

The key to the best flood proof flooring is that it is easy to handle even when a lot of water does come in. Mats and tiles are especially handy for this step since they tend to be easier to pick up and transport than rolled floors. After the flooring is flooded and thoroughly wet, it is smart to disassemble the mats or tiles, clean them, allow them to dry on all sides, then reinstall them.
Plastic raised flooring will allow for quicker re-installation due to the fact that it will allow airflow beneath the tiles. So if some reason, your subfloor is not completely dry, it still stands a chance to dry after the raised floor tiles go back in. Flat bottom tiles, rolls or mats will trap moisture beneath them. It's always best to allow all components to dry completely before reinstalling.

How much should I expect to pay for flood-proof flooring?

Price varies with material, shipping costs and the size of the space you would like to cover. At the low end of the spectrum are EVA foam tiles, button top rubber mats - designed for horse stall wash bays, and rolled rubber flooring. These can be found for less than $2 per square foot. On the opposite end of the spectrum are high-end deck, pool or entrance tiles which can run up to $30 per square foot.

PVC floor tiles, interlocking rubber tiles, and carpet bonded foam tiles start at just over $2 per square foot. Polypropylene tiles and artificial grass starts around $3 per square foot.

Most raised floor tiles start around $4 per square foot. These are available with a plastic base and can feature carpet or vinyl tops.

What is the best flood proof flooring for flood-prone areas?

It is time to get into specifics. What follows are some of the very best flood proof flooring options that Gym Rubber by Greatmats has to offer.

Max Tile Raised Floor Tiles
1. Waterproof Raised Polypropylene Base
2. Designed for repeated installations
3. Wood Grain, Stone or Solid Color Vinyl Top Options
4. UV Treated
5. 7-year wear layer
6. 5-year warranty
7. Made in the USA

Staylock Tiles
1. Waterproof PVC construction with raised base
2. Designed for repeated installations
3. Perforated, Bump Top or Orange Peel surfaces in solid colors
4. Anti-Fatigue Benefits
5. 20-inch fall height rating for Perforated and Orange Peel models
6. 5-year warranty
7. Perforated model is UV treated
8. Made in the USA

Basement Carpet Tile Raised Squares
1. Waterproof carpet surface and raised polypropylene base
2. Designed for repeated installations
3. Available in Gray and Tan
4. Made from recycled content
5. Excellent thermal insulation
6. Snaps together with corresponding Garage Floor Tiles, Court Floor Tiles, and Event Dance Floor Tiles
7. 1-year warranty
8. Made in the USA

Wood Grain Reversible Foam Floor
1. Waterproof EVA Foam Construction
2. Designed for Repeated Installations
3. 3 wood grain options with no scuff tan-reverse side
4. Excellent cushion and anti-fatigue benefits
5. Excellent sound and thermal insulation
6. 1-year warranty

Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile
1. Waterproof EVA foam base with plush carpet top
2. Designed for Repeated Installations
3. 5 color options
4. Excellent cushion and anti-fatigue benefits
5. Excellent sound and thermal insulation
6. Odor Proof
7. 1-year warranty

Interlocking Rubber Tile 2x2 Foot x 8 mm
1. Mold and mildew resistant rubber material
2. Easy DIY installation - lightweight rubber option with easy removal
3. Black and 4 Color fleck Options
4. Withstands heavyweight
5. Excellent sound insulation
6. Slip-resistant
7. 5-year warranty
8. Made in the USA

Rubber Flooring Rolls 1/4 inch 4x10 ft
1. Mold and mildew resistant rubber material
2. DIY installation with fewer seams than tiles with easy removal
3. Black and 5 color fleck options
4. Withstands heavyweight
5. Excellent sound insulation
6. Slip-resistant
7. 5-year warranty
8. Made in the USA

Rubber Tile Diamond 2x2 ft 3/8 inch Black
1. Waterproof vulcanized rubber material
2. Easy DIY installation - lightweight rubber option with easy removal
3. Withstands heavyweight
4. Excellent Sound Insulation
5. Slip-resistant
6. 5-year warranty
7. Made in the USA

Shop Gym Rubber

Gym Rubber has one of the biggest selections of the best flood proof flooring for any kind of space. Whether you are looking for flood-proof flooring to equip your home, gym, garage or business, Gym Rubber has what you need. Although the above list focuses on indoor flooring, Gym Rubber also has many products suitable for the outdoors as well. Check out its many waterproof flooring solutions today.
For more on this topic please review our Basement Flooring product page.