When it comes to flooring, different materials can make a difference to the overall health of your home in the event of an extreme weather event – particularly flooding.
While carpet is a common choice for homes, it’s not ideal in an inundation event. No matter the height or severity, flood water can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, toxins and even sewage that can become dangerous. Mildew or mould can also grow in your carpet fibres throughout Queensland’s wet season, especially via floodwater.
Even when floodwater has been expelled and carpets cleaned, mould spores and other airborne particles may remain.
Timber floors can be vulnerable to contamination issues such as mould and mildew, if your subfloor is not adequately ventilated.
So, what’s a good option for your home? Consider safer options that are waterproof, less likely to be damaged in the event of storm or flood and easier to clean. Polished concrete, tiles, and pavers were chosen for One House because of their durability. There is also less risk of these materials needing to be replaced after a weather event— unlike carpet and timber, which can often require removal after extensive flooding.
Sealed stone floor and wall tiles are easy to clean up – being effective with regard to cleaning flooring after an inundation.
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Natural hazard resilience has long been a focus for Suncorp, with many other initiatives both existing and in progress. Suncorp Insurance’s Cyclone Resilience Benefit was introduced in 2016 and is available for eligible Home Insurance customers in North Queensland, providing reduced premiums for customers who undertake building improvements to prepare for cyclones4.
An Australian first for Home Insurance. It’s our commitment to help create more resilient homes. It means that if your home is substantially damaged, we’ll rebuild it stronger with recommended resilience options up to $10,000, in addition to your sum insured, all designed to help withstand severe weather5.
Watch this video from Steve Johnston our Suncorp Group CEO, outlining the importance of Resilience Rd.