Finished basements are a great place for expanding the living area of your home for entertaining and kids activities, but can also be a source for costly repairs and headache in the event of a flood or other water intrusions. Picking a water resistant floor can make a significant difference in how much work and repairs are needed after water damage.
Hardwood and wood laminate flooring are highly susceptible to significant damage in the event of a flood and almost always have to be removed because of buckling and cupping.
Carpeting is a popular flooring choice for a finished basement as it offers a softer, comfortable surface. The problem with carpet is that once exposed to flood water, the carpet and padding are very difficult to completely dry out and again are usually removed.
The best choices for a finished basement floor are ceramic and vinyl tile. Solid surface floors are as close to waterproof as you can get and they come in a variety of styles and options for any taste and budget. Tile coupled with area rugs are a great way to combine durability, style and softness while being highly water resistant.