Last month, Baton Rouge was hit with a devastating natural disaster. We received record-breaking rainfall, had areas of town flood that have never flooded, and more than 30,000 people had to be rescued from their homes. The statistics are shocking.
With more than 500,000 people affected, we’re all getting used to a new normal as we try to rebuild our homes and our lives.
When a home floods, whether it gets 4 inches or 4 feet of water, there is a lot of work to be done.
Most people in Baton Rouge have completed the initial steps: gutting homes, cutting out sheet rock and insulation, ripping up flooring, etc.
Now, many of us are in the next phase: meeting with insurance adjusters, hiring contractors (click here to contact LCG if you’re in need of a contractor), picking out new finishings, waiting for materials to come in, etc.
As a general contractor, I have met with many flood victims who have said something along the lines of, “We’d like to go a different direction with the flooring,” or “We are definitely not putting carpet in the house again.”
When it comes to flooring, there are safer choices should you experience flooding in your lifetime. If you’re rebuilding and are on the hunt for flooring that won’t get ruined in a flood, here are some great choices!
- Stained Concrete – Concrete floors are a great, sturdy option for any home. They are not just reserved for garages and basements. May people are choosing scored and stained concrete for their living areas, dens and kitchens. There are staining and decorative processes which allow you to add a personal touch to your concrete floors and match it to your decor.
- Brick – Brick floors are incredibly durable and give your home a unique flare. They are also fireproof because brick does not burn. Its hard surface makes it easy to clean and there are many different design and color options.
- Ceramic Tile – There are many pros to ceramic tile. It is waterproof, there’s a wide variety of colors and styles available and it is very easy to clean. You can install ceramic tile yourself, which can help out cost-wise and it is an easy type of flooring to install.
These are three types of flooring that would be beneficial to have in your home, should you ever experience flooding.