When the basement flooded we really considered a number of options for floor replacement. Ultimately we decided to put new carpet back in, but for this one room we decided it didn’t make sense. Instead we chose to install foam floor tiles. This type of flooring is a better choice than carpet for this space and there was definitely a savings factor. All you need to install these is a sharp knife and a framing square. Most of the tiles go together quickly like like doing a puzzle where you know exactly where the pieces go. We have some interesting angles in this room, but even with those angled cuts this took only an hour or two.
We started on one side working our way across using the square to measure and cut straight lines.
When the new carpet is installed it will meet up with the foam tiles in the center of this doorway. We may use double sided tape to hold them down. I don’t really like metal or wood floor transitions. The tile is the perfect height to fit underneath the baseboards.
The sump pump closet is in the back corner of this room. We have taken measures to hopefully prevent something like this from happening again, but there is additional comfort in knowing the flooring surrounding the sump pump are foam tiles that will dry out if they ever got wet.
Today is carpet install day in the basement! We are very excited for this major step in getting the basement put back together. We took a few weeks before deciding to put carpet back in the basement. We considered stained concrete, vinyl plank flooring, replacing the padding that was removed, and new carpet. I was worried with the “harder” flooring liked stained concrete and vinyl plank (which we have in the bar and bathroom, and love) that the basement would feel cold and have an echo. There are only so many area rugs you can put down before it the floor starts looking like a patchwork quilt and not a in a good way. We could have had new padding installed and the carpet re-stretched because it is actually in decent shape, but I have really disliked this carpet from the day we looked at the house the first time. I always wanted to replace it someday, someday just came sooner than we expected. That’s what happens when you get 7″ of rain in 8 hours.
This is what it looked like just before the installers arrived. The lighting for these pictures is not good, because well, basement.
This is the main open area of the basement and where the bulk of the carpet that got wet is. The room that has the sump pump closet is to the right of this and where the water originated from. Since that room is a workout room we decided not to put carpet back and installed foam tiles instead. That was a really easy project and if by chance we get water again (I sure hope not!), we will have those closest to the sump pump instead of carpet. Those carpet rolls are actually from the workout room.
This is the spot at the bottom of the stairs. The padding and carpet here were mostly dry (the right of the column was wet), but since it wasn’t reasonable to replace only some of the carpet it goes.
Media room waiting for carpet.
This is the carpet we chose. The free installation, removal and haul away was impossible to beat. Its is actually a stock carpet that they keep in the store, but due to the fact we needed around 1800 sq ft it had to be special ordered. The carpet is a neutral greige that will lighten the space and help take it out of the 1990’s.