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Best Flooring Options for Your Basement

It is well known that the biggest consideration to keep in mind when it comes to your home’s basement is the impact of moisture on the material and the concern over the development of mold. Because basements are below ground any type of flooring is going to be vulnerable to the impact of moisture. So, selecting the right basement flooring option is a balance between practical and artistic because, depending on the intended use of the space, you want the flooring to be part of an inviting and warm space as well.

Luckily, there are many options homeowners can choose from that not only provide resistance to mold but also provide a variety of styles to suit your design needs. 

If you’re basement floods, there are limited options to choose from that will survive floors submerged in water.  But, there are options.

Hardwood Floors

Pure hardwood flooring is not a good option for basement floors.  Any exposure to moisture causes this material to warp and develop mold.  Two things you definitely do not want.  Luckily there are manufactured wood options that can give you the same look and feel without putting your basement at risk.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete floors are a low-maintenance option for your basement.  Basements tend to be colder than the main floor, so this will be something you will need to consider when thinking about concrete floors.  What concrete floors do offer is the option for a variety of overlays.  Concrete can be stained, polished, stamped, etched and so on.  So, what it loses in warmth it gains in the many customization options it offers.  Not only this, but it is durable, one of the most affordable options, and won’t need to be replaced in case the basement floods.

Carpeting

Carpeting in the basement can really help to create an inviting space for your whole family which makes it a popular choice for families who are finishing or remodeling their basement.  As always, consider the moisture levels when thinking about whether or not capet makes sense for your basement.  If your basement is prone to flooding or water seeping in during heavy rain, carpeting may not be the best choice.  However, if your basement has been water-proofed and is not flood prone, carpeting can make sense to install.

Tile Flooring

If you are considering tile flooring for your basement it’s important keep in mind that you will have to prepare the concrete subflooring in order to install the tile.  If the concrete is cracked or uneven, the flooring installation contractor will have to even out and prepare the floor before installing the tile.  In terms of durability, tile flooring is a good option for your basement as most flooring tile is moisture resistant.   Make sure to consult with a flooring specialist to ensure you are installing tile that is rated for below grade uses. 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a good option for those who would like the look of wood floors.  There are many laminate styles that have a realistic wood look and finish.  It’s important to note that if you install laminate flooring you should select one that has moisture protection and is rated for below grade use.  Not only this but it will require a vapor barrier to ensure moisture doesn’t seep into the material and cause damage or mold growth.

These are just a few flooring options for you to consider with refinishing or remodeling your basement.  With a little bit of research you can find a style that is both beautiful and functional and that saves you time, money, and future headaches that selecting the wrong choice would bring.