The best floors for basements that flood

The best floors for basements that flood

When a basement is prone to flooding, homeowners need to worry about more than the typical basement moisture; they need to be concerned about the possibility of submersion. Only a few waterproof basement flooring options can stand up to a foot or more of water on them. If your basement is prone to flooding, mention that to the flooring professionals when you shop; they can show you the styles that look great even after being underwater in a flooded basement.

Luxury vinyl planks

Luxury vinyl planks (otherwise known as LVPs) are a beautiful waterproof flooring available in styles that resemble stone and wood. This is a perfect option for homeowners who want the look of wood in their basement—even in a basement that may flood. Wood floors should not be installed in any basement; concrete slabs are porous, meaning that the moisture that seeps through can damage any wood floors. In a flooded basement, wood floors are going to be irreparably damaged and need to be replaced.

Another advantage of luxury vinyl plank flooring is that it can be installed as a do-it-yourself project. These waterproof basement floors are a floating floor, meaning that no adhesive is required. Ask the flooring salesman for luxury vinyl planks that can be installed as a DIY project; some stores offer discounts on large quantities of luxury vinyl planks that can make this waterproof basement flooring an even more appealing option.

Sheet vinyl

Sheet vinyl is an incredibly durable flooring—even resilient enough to survive submersion in a flooded basement. Unfortunately, sheet vinyl floors have been tested in flooded basements before, and many have survived under water. These waterproof basement floors are easy-to-clean and low-maintenance, making them an ideal flooring option for basements that are prone to flooding.

Aesthetically, sheet vinyl floors have come a long way and closely resemble the look of wood and tile. These waterproof basement floors come in a variety of colors and styles, such as a herringbone tile or a wide planked wood look (ask to see your style sheet vinyl of choice at a local flooring store).


Tile flooring is a versatile flooring option, which is why many tile floors are installed in rooms with high-moisture and water. These water-resistant floors are ideal for bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and even basements. Tiles are also natural conductors of heat, meaning that they are perfect for basements with radiant floor heating (either installed in the slab or as a mat). These floors are easily warmed by radiant floor heating and can be kept at a consistent temperature with a thermostat.

Tile floors come in a variety of styles and can even be manufactured to resemble wood. These tiles come in any color, ensuring that there is a tile that fits with any existing basement décor. This flooring option can also be installed in patterns to add interest in a room, such as a herringbone pattern or a variety of tiles with a fascinating color.