All Basement renovations in Toronto need to consider water damage. The biggest nemesis for basement flooring is the water threat that comes in with a hefty price tag. Last year alone, the average water Toronto water claim cost $28,000, including a lot of $5,000 clean up jobs and $150,000 insurance claim costs for repairs. It is therefore not too much to ask when we suggest that you should consider water resistant materials when weighing your options.
Concrete and ceramic tiles
If you are one of the folks living in a traditional house where the basement was installed with timber tiles, you might have already seen the need to consider renovating with concrete or ceramic tiles. Concrete is water proof, especially if coupled with an epoxy sealer or paint, or ceramic tiling. Sealed concrete is a bit more expensive than ceramic tiling, but more durable as well. Of course some people will find concrete basement renovations in Toronto out of order because they don’t fit modern standards unless you are looking for a minimalist look for your décor.
What’s the problem with hardwood?
Hardwood is beautiful and has the comfort and warmth needed in any family house. The biggest weakness though when it comes to basement renovations in Toronto is that it can be ruined by flooding. Whether we like it or not, rooms that are below grade are prone to flooding. Well, you might choose to use it for a private basement if you can keep up with the maintenance. However, wood still needs to sway and move depending on the humidity levels. In cases of extreme humidity the wood might swell, causing cracks and fissures.
What about linoleum?
Linoleum is an oil-based product which is a good repellent of water. The only problem is that you need to maintain the floor over time in order to maintain its repellancy and look. Hammer T Construction Inc. can get your Linoleum coated with an acrylic sealer in order to maintain that effect throughout.