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Old 03-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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ceramic tile vs vinyl click lock planking in basement with flood potential


we are to the point of flooring our basement. Good concrete slab to work on. We have 2 sump pumps but there is the potential for sump overflowing and flooding the basement with several inches of water. The comercial grade vinyl planking claims it is antibacterial and has a lifetime warranty and is waterproof (claiming that water wont hurt it in any way) however in the event of a sump overflow water will inevitable get under the flooring. will this be a problem? will it dry out eventually? smell musty? I love the look, warmth factor, less mess, less labor, less potential for broken glasses, and quiet of the vinyl planking....but in the long term will tile (wood look) just be a better bet? So not looking forward to grout

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#1 Figure out why that much water getting into the basement in the first place and fix that first.
I'd go with tile.
There's a couple thousand post on mold forming under strip flooring on this site alone.

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Joe is right. I'm trying to think of a good solution for floor covering, but if you expect your basement to be flooded there is no option which will be ideal. If you fix the issue at hand it will save you the headaches down the road.
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I would be concerned that water under the vinyl planks would take a long time to dry out. Even though it's click-lock, it's pretty well sealed.

It is quieter, warmer, and softer.

What does anyone think about something like Place'N'Go flooring for a basement? Looks easier to install than vinyl plank, you can pick it back up in sections to let it dry underneath in case it floods. It's not going to look like a natural product, but it might be a solution that gives the OP the qualities they're looking for. Or maybe something like ThermalDry squares.
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It's one thing to have a humid basement, quite another to have the danger of flooding.
No form of floating floor will work.
There will be mold growing under it after just one flood.
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