Flooring trends change throughout the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. Wood flooring is a classic choice, and even with the influx of wood-look flooring options, there will always be a market for solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring. In fact, carpet is still the most popular flooring option on the market, and like hard surfaces, manufacturers are making huge strides and technological advancements to produce never-before-seen carpet looks and trends.
As you choose flooring materials, consider how the rooms are used. What is the risk of water damage in each space? Is it a high traffic area? Will the pets traverse across with wet paws?
Many floor coverings are considered impervious to water: ceramic tile, porcelain tile, luxury vinyl plank flooring, sheet vinyl flooring. Laminate flooring is less successful when faced with standing water. Laminate, on the other hand, is made out of recycled hardwood, so it is not waterproof. Due to its melamine wear layer, it has a tough finish which resists against scratches and may have minor protection against quick spills.
Centuries of stylish well made homes celebrate hardwood floors. They are beautiful and timeless. Wood floors improve indoor air quality since they do not harbor allergens, microorganisms or harmful pesticides tracked in from outdoors. However, they can’t handle much water; they need an experienced restoration team to fix.
Like hardwood, laminate does not do well with standing water. But unlike hardwood flooring, laminate floors can not be sanded or refinished. If they get wet, they can not be repaired.
Generally, laminate flooring with open edges will maintain its original dimensions after about two hours of submerged water exposure. After about four hours, the flooring begins to soak up water, and this is considered the point of no return.
Due to the porous nature of wall to wall carpeting, you need an immediate response after water damage. The pad underneath is notorious for holding moisture and growing mold. If the water was clean and removed within a day, many carpets can be salvaged. Get our water damage restoration team in as soon as possible for your best shot at saving them.
Although you may have survived the water itself, be aware of the additional danger from mold. Diseases such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, and occasionally hives (urticaria) are usually the consequence of allergic sensitization to the molds that grow when excess water is present.
When dealing with water damage, a prompt response is essential for mitigating damage, reducing your losses, protecting your health and restoring your property as quickly as possible. The longer water damage goes unchecked, the more the water will spread, the more damage is done, and the greater the potential for mold growth. According to EPA.gov it is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If your problem is too large to handle quickly on your own, enlist qualified water damage restoration experts.
Whether your water intrusion is from a broken pipe or due to storm flooding, the water damage restoration experts at White Knight Carpet Rescue Emergency Response Team (ERT) will treat you and your home or business with the respect you deserve. Our team of water damage restoration professional’s hold various certifications in content and structural drying, to ensure that your property is restored to its original state in a timely manner. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the water damage restoration experts at White Knight Carpet Rescue serve both residential and commercial customers in Madison.