Home Building Products That Resist Water Damage and What to Avoid

Not all homes resist water damage equally. While the flood risk may be similar for all residences in a specific area, some of those houses will inevitably incur less damage and recover more rapidly than others if flooding does indeed occur.

In addition to the choice of professional water damage recovery services, one of the major determining factors is the material content of a home. You can’t live in a submarine, nor waterproof your living space. However, thinking ahead about these issues and making the right choices before flooding strikes can help your house resist water damage more effectively.

Here are some ideas about which home building products resist water damage, as well as those you should avoid:

cinder blockFlood-Resistant Construction

What home-building materials are food resistant?

  • Concrete, cinder blocks or glazed brick
  • Structural materials like slate or stone, constructed with waterproof mortar
  • Tile varieties including ceramic, concrete and clay
  • Nail and screw fasteners made of galvanized or stainless steel
  • Hurricane clips securing roof rafters to the wall structure
  • Indoor/outdoor carpeting
  • Floor coverings of vinyl, terrazzo or rubber installed with waterproof adhesive
  • Doors and window frames fabricated of metal
  • Surfaces painted with polyester-epoxy paint
  • Spray foam or foam board insulation

Flood-Vulnerable Construction

Building materials that don’t resist water include:

  • Drywall and gypsum wallboard
  • Fiberglass or loose-fill cellulose insulation
  • Linoleum floor covering
  • Cork and corkboard wall covering, as well as paper wallpaper
  • Wooden paneling materials, including particle board, fiberboard and pressure-molded products like Masonite
  • Linoleum flooring

Make your home more likely to resist water damage with the advice of experienced recovery professionals at Rytech, Inc.

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