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Flood Flooring - How to Choose Waterproof Flooring For Flood Zones

Material, Design and Size Come into Play for Flood Resistant Floors

By Brett Hart

Sept. 13, 2017 -- If you live an area where floods happen, or have experienced the damage floods can cause to homes and businesses, then you know what a pain it is to replace your flooring every time it gets soaked. At Greatmats, we offer some of the best flooring options for flood prone areas that won't absorb flood water and its contaminants and is easy to remove, dry and reinstall. In this article, we'll address the following questions.

Factors to consider when choosing flood flooring

  1. What's the best flooring material to survive floods?
  2. What does flood resistant flooring look like?
  3. How will it feel?
  4. Are there any special precautions I should take for my floor prior to a flood?
  5. What do I do with my floor after a flood to restore it to its original condition?
  6. How much does flood proof flooring cost?
  7. What are the best flood flooring options?

What's the best flood proof flooring material?

The short answer is waterproof materials such as polypropylene or PVC plastic, closed-cell foam or 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.


How does flood flooring look?

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. If you've got a specific style or look in mind for your space, check out Greatmats.com. Odds are, its got something that will fit your wants and needs.


How does waterproof flooring feel?

Any way you want! At Greatmats, you can find dense, hard flooring, plush carpet and fatigue relieving or impact absorbing cushioned floors that will last for years in flood prone areas. As 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 softnessess and elasticities. Greatmats 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.


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

A good rule of them is to avoid adhesives if possible. This allows you to remove the flooring when it gets wet and allow the both the surface flooring and subflooring to dry thoroughly. Then the flooded carpet, vinyl, plastic or rubber flooring can be re-installed without the risk for mold or mildew. Should you desire to adhere your flood flooring to subfloor, double-sided tape would be the next best option. There are also moisture cured polyurethane adhesives available. It's best to speak with a Greatmats customer service representative for glue down flooring in flood zones.


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

In most cases, you'll want to remove the flooring, clean it, allow it to dry and reinstall it. This is where modular tiles or interlocking mats are most handy. The convenient sizing allows for easy de-installation and re-installation. Plastic raised flooring will allow for quicker re-installation due to the fact that it will allow airflow beneath the tiles. So if some some reason, you 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?


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 are the most popular flooring product for flood prone areas? And why?

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 heavy weight
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 heavy weight
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 heavy weight
4. Excellent Sound Insulation
5. Slip resistant
6. 5 year warranty
7. Made in the USA

Whether you are looking for flood proof flooring to equip your home, gym, garage or business there are plenty of products out there to help you out and Greatmats.com has one of the largest selections anywhere. All of the popular products list above are for indoor applications. Greatmats also has a large selection of outdoor flooring options. Check out its many waterproof flooring solutions today!
For more on this topic please review our Basement Flooring product page.