Best flooring ideas for flooded basements in NJ and NY

Stained concrete floor in basement

Stained concrete floor in basement

The loss of electricity during the recent heavy rainfall in New York and New Jersey have damaged the existing flooring in many basements. We have received many calls from homeowners and property managers looking for flooring solutions. Choosing appropriate flooring is difficult enough without the problems that come with finding floors for a basement complicating things even further. The biggest issue in almost any basement is, of course, unwanted moisture.

Problem with traditional flooring options

  1. Tiles – Moisture seeps in from below through the concrete and has the power to weaken the bond of the adhesive used for tiles
  2. Hardwood or Laminate – warp and buckle due to moisture. Possibility of damaging in case the basement gets flooded
  3. Carpet – Acquire that elusive smell caused by mold growing below the soft veneer
  4. Painting – May delaminate or come off due to the presence of moisture

The easiest alternative to more traditional flooring options is stained concrete flooring. You have a lot of flexibility with color schemes and designs.

Benefits of Concrete floors in basements –

  1. Unlimited color and design options: Stained concrete flooring has a unique beauty that’s bought to life by different finishing and coloring techniques. There is no predetermined color palette to limit designs.
  2. Longevity – Few floor covering products have the longevity of concrete. Carpet, tile and wood floors eventually need replacement, which uses up resources and creates disposal problems.
  3. Stained concrete flooring is a great alternative to carpeting for people wh are allergic to animal dander and dust mites. Concrete does not support the growth of toxic mold.

Stained concrete flooring consists of application of a reactive stain (acid stain) over the existing concrete surface. The stain reacts with the lime in the concrete thereby developing a natural, organic and variegated earth tone colors. If the existing substrate is covered with glue, paint or cure & seal, a thin layer of concrete called ‘micro-topping’ is applied and subsequently it is stained. After the staining process is completed, the floor is sealed with a epoxy and polyurethane sealer.

You can watch the entire process HERE.

You might also be interested in…

​Benefits of High Build Floor Coatings

There are a variety of concrete floor coatings available, but choosing the correct type and the application method requires an understanding of the individual floor coatings. One popular option in ...

Read more

Solutions to damage from flood in basements in New Jersey

New Jersey Flood Damage and Floor Restoration Solutions Whenever we get a big storm the calls start coming in seeking solutions to ruined carpet, tile and hardwood flooring. Basements take ...

Read more

Benefits of Seamless Flooring Systems

Seamless flooring systems are highly durable and aesthetically pleasing. These flooring systems are used in diverse range of industries including retail outlets, commercial offices, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, gyms, hospitals, laboratories ...

Read more

How To Choose Decorative Concrete Flooring – New York, NY

There are 4 choices for decorative concrete flooring. The most frequently asked question is How Do I Choose the right one for my New York apartment or commercial space.Let’s take ...

Read more