After your home undergoes a disaster such as a fire, storm, flood, or trauma scene, you will likely want to install new flooring. Your flooring is extremely important under all circumstances. It supports you while you walk throughout your home, and it increases your home’s beauty and style as well. There are many flooring options that are available to homeowners when they are renovating, and naturally, they have many of the same questions: how much it costs, how durable it is, which is the most environmentally friendly, and so on.
Your concerns might be similar to theirs, but following a disaster, you likely have even more questions about which flooring option is right for you. We have two suggestions that we think are suitable flooring options following a disaster: laminate and vinyl plank flooring. Both are durable and affordable choices. They’re also water-resistant, which may be appealing if you experienced a disaster that caused water damage to your home.
Laminate flooring consists of multiple layers, including the wear, design, core, and back layer. The design layer is often made to resemble wood as a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring, but it can also be made to look like marble, stone, brick, or other surfaces. Laminate flooring is easy to install because the planks have tongues and grooves that fit together.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl flooring is similar to laminate in that it is made of a few layers, including a design layer that can look like wood or other surfaces. But where laminate flooring has a core made of wood composites, vinyl plank flooring has a core made of plastic. Because of this difference, vinyl plank flooring is much more water-resistant. It’s also generally easier to keep clean and stain-free.