Category Archives: flooring for basements

Floors Perfect for the Laundry Room

laundry room floorIf you fit into any of these categories:

  • have a family with little kids that spill, spill and spill some more,
  • a family of older “kids” who need a different jersey for every game, practice and, well, that favorite shirt that makes them look “just right,”
  • a house with four-legged kids who somehow seem to always need blankets and other favorites laundered,
  • you have a messy job or occupation that dirties clothes CONSTANTLY;

there’s a good chance you probably feel like you spend most of your life in the laundry room, making it one of the most important rooms in your house (even if it’s not always the most fun). It’s also the room that you should think the hardest about flooring, because the laundry room is a high-traffic room with a high moisture level and water spill potential (or even flooding, yikes!). So what are your options?

  1. Vinyl. Get rid of those ugly pictures in your head of nasty, patterned cheap-looking vinyl. Today’s vinyl has the look and appearance of wood (really!) and stone, and comes in almost any color you can imagine. Vinyl is also easy to install, durable and handle any water spill you throw at it.
  2. Tile. Ceramic or porcelain, doesn’t matter. Both kinds of tile are mildew resistant. They are also easy to clean and look beautiful. Ceramic and porcelain comes in virtually any color, and can be installed in a square or diagonal pattern with any color of grout you choose.
  3. Slate. Slate is a stone with a variety of colors and strengths. It also comes in large and small square tiles, and as long rectangular tiles for a modern look. Best yet, slate tiles are durable and stain and water resistant, making it ideal for your laundry room.
  4. Radiant floor heating. We know radiant floor heating is not technically a type of flooring, but radiant floor heating is ideal for Midwestern homes. Radiant floor heating keeps your feet warm, and can be installed under almost any kind of flooring. If you want tile floors that are warm in summer and our cold Wisconsin winters, radiant floor heating is right for you.

If your laundry room is in your basement, and you are installing the flooring over a concrete slab, be sure to mention that to the flooring professionals when you check out your flooring options for your laundry room. They can give you tips specifically for installing flooring over a slab, or can suggest flooring that can handle the changes concrete goes through as our Wisconsin temperatures rise and fall throughout the year.

Don’t feel like you can choose the right flooring for your laundry room? Or do you want to hear what laundry room flooring works best for other homeowners? Contact Y’s Way Flooring via email or on their Facebook page, or stop in at any location in Watertown, Lake Mills or Oconomowoc. Their flooring professionals can tell you what they’ve seen work best, set up installation or give you tips if you are a do-it-yourselfer. If nothing else, they can give you flooring that makes all that time you spend in your laundry room a little more bearable.

Need to clean up water in your basement?

basement picture after water damage“April showers bring May flowers.” April (or any time of the year) showers also bring storms, flooded basements and mold if the basement is not cleaned up properly. That’s why it’s so important to go step-by-step to clean up water in your basement, and bring in professionals to assist with flooding clean-up. Cleaning up water in your basement is a methodical (and somewhat painful!) clean-up process that can be successful so you can reclaim your living or storage space—after a few calculated clean-up steps:

  1. Don’t walk in the water! Contact your utility company BEFORE heading into the water. Ask them to turn the power off to your home so you are not electrocuted.
  2. Pump the water out. If you don’t have the time to pump the water out, hire an experienced professional from Y’s Way Flooring that can rid your basement of standing water. Make sure a professional has given the all clear to turn the electric back on so you can plug in dehumidifiers and fans to dry out your basement.
  3. Have the furnace cleared. Before you fire up the furnace, contact a professional HVAC technician to inspect your furnace to make sure it’s safe and functional.
  4. Remove wet items from the basement. Throw away any items beyond repair, and move wet furniture to a dry place. Don’t assume that all items are unrecoverable; dry out items that are questionable to see if they can be cleaned and reused.
  5. Make sure everything is completely dry. Don’t rush back into your basement until you are sure that the flooring and walls are completely clear of moisture, which can cause mold to grow. Exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems such as sneezing and eye irritation, and even long-term issues such as asthma and allergies.
  6. Repair or clean drywall and insulation in your finished basement. If your basement is finished, your drywall and insulation needs to be sanitized or replaced. How much of the drywall and insulation needs cleaning or repair depends on how much water was in your basement and how high the water was. Contact the professionals to remove the drywall and wet insulation with masks (if needed) and repair the damage.
  7. Replace the flooring (if needed). If your basement flooring is in dire need of replacing from water damage, use our guide to select the right flooring to go over your concrete slab. For any questions about floors suitable for basements, and what the professionals have seen work in other basement, contact or visit a Y’s Way Flooring or send a message on their Facebook page. Their experts can help you select the right flooring for your basement—hopefully flooring that won’t see a flood again anytime soon.

To prevent future basement flooding, determine what caused the water to come in your basement, and take necessary precautions such as installing a sub pump, grading or waterproofing. Contact a professional to assist so you won’t ever have to deal with water in your basement again—or all the repair, pumping and flooring replacement again.

What’s the best vacuum for my carpet?

10431434_10153077151679378_8048289848300003576_nIn the market for a vacuum cleaner? It’s not a small decision given the angst you put into selecting the right flooring for your home. One of the most important factors in your vacuum purchase is who you are looking to for guidance. We can hear your reaction: say what?

Yes, that’s right. If you recently installed new carpets, it’s best to look to the carpet manufacturer of your flooring for advice. With the increased push by vacuum manufacturers to increase suction, carpet manufacturers like Mohawk, Shaw and Bieulieu have guidelines for carpet care and even make vacuum recommendations:

http://caressbyshaw.com/care-warranty

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-care-maintenance/vacuumingsoftcarpet/

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/cleaning/vacuuming.aspx

Why should you care what they think? Besides the fact that the carpet manufacturers perform extensive testing to determine what’s best, the kind of vacuum you own could affect the warranty. Simply, if your vacuum damages your flooring, and the vacuum is not a recommended brand, you’ve got a damaged carpet and nowhere to turn to remedy the problem.

With that said, please don’t stop vacuuming your carpets. Your carpet needs regular carpet cleaning by professional cleaners and maintenance to keep it looking its best and remove allergens. But when it’s time to buy a new vacuum cleaner, check out these websites or visit the pros at Y’s Way Flooring. We’ll help guide your vacuum cleaner purchase so you don’t end up with results that suck the money out of your pocketbook.

Your (Easy) Guide to Basement Flooring

Kids_carpetWith winter fast approaching, many Midwestern homeowners are looking for more space; more space for fun and relaxing during those cold winter days or for guests or kids who want their own bedroom. The answer for many homeowners lies in a finished basement with shelving and storage options, finished walls, lighting and comfortable, durable flooring. When researching flooring options for your basement, the discussion should always start with the factor that dictates basement flooring decisions: moisture.

If your basement is like most American homes, your basement walls and floor is concrete. Though durable and affordable, concrete is porous, allowing moisture to seep through the floor and walls. If your moisture problem extends beyond your porous concrete slab and is a reoccurring flooding issue, rectify your flooding problem before finishing your basement to avoid losing furniture and costly clean-ups.

One flooring not recommended for basements is solid wood flooring. Don’t fret; there are other options with the look of wood, without the buckling and warping that can occur because of moisture in a basement. Engineered hardwood and laminate both can be installed in basements without the warping. Both flooring options are durable and beautiful but should be avoided in basements prone to flooding.

Vinyl also has the look of wood, stone or any other modern design and is durable enough to handle moisture—even flooding—in a basement. Typically glued down, vinyl is nearly indestructible and is ideal for basements where the threat of flooding is never completely gone.

Ceramic flooring can be laid directly over your basement slab and comes in almost any look you want. Typically, ceramic tiles are better for rooms with moderate traffic due to durability, but if your basement rec room or bedroom is used infrequently, this is your flooring. Ceramic tiles can also be cold to the feet, but is one of the ideal floors for laying over radiant floor heating.

If you want a softer feel in one of the typically coolest rooms in your home, carpet is affordable, durable and comfortable. Want to avoid carpet installation costs? Consider carpet tiles which are easy to clean up, but not as soft as traditional carpeting. Traditional carpeting is installed over a pad, making it cushy and making you forget you are on top of a concrete slab. If you have a small basement, inquire about carpet remnants. Though the selection is limited, carpet remnants cost less and are ideal for small spaces.

Want to see your options? Visit your local flooring store. Be sure that your salesperson knows you are researching flooring for your basement; they can recommend flooring that they have seen work well in local homes. They can also give you an idea about pricing, since the cost varies based on your selection. Start your research now, so you have that extra space ready when the snow falls and cabin fever sets in.