Basements aren’t just for storage. The type of flooring you install in your basement matters! If you’re beginning the process of finishing your basement for a more livable space or simply need to choose the right floor for your space, we want you to be fully equipped to ask all the right questions and choose the right basement floor type for your needs.
What to Consider Before Buying Basement Flooring
What is your basement like? Where do you live? What are you susceptible to? These are just a few questions to consider when thinking about the environment of your basement space.
Your basement may have high moisture levels due to a variety of factors including humidity in the air, flooding, roof runoff, condensation and permeation. Most basement foundations are made of concrete which is porous. This especially becomes a problem as concrete ages and begins to crack. Moisture levels are incredibly important to think about when choosing basement flooring options.
How are you going to use the space now that it is more than just storage? Are you going to create a home office, a playroom or a home gym? Or, are you going to take it up a notch and create a luxurious home theater? Why are you looking to create or refloor your basement?
Wear and Tear
Another item to think about when choosing basement flooring is how much use it will get. Will you be spending a lot of time lounging around down there everyday? Or, are you going to be dropping weights and running on a treadmill? If you turn it into a play area, what types of toys will your children be using down there?
With any renovation project, budget is a big question. While we do offer financing options, we still want to make sure you feel comfortable with the investment to create more space for your home.
Some customers choose to install heating on the basement floors because it can get cold in the winter or you live in a cooler climate. If you plan to install heated floors, the type of flooring you choose will have to work with heated flooring options.
Now that you’ve considered the factors of your basement environment, you’ll be more prepared to determine the best type of flooring for your space’s use.
One of the best choices of flooring for your basement is luxury vinyl or sheet vinyl flooring. It’s waterproof, so the tiles won’t swell or buckle if exposed to water. And, you can get the look of hardwood or stone floors at a fraction of the price. Caring for vinyl flooring is simple and clean-up is easy.
Another great easy-care option for basement floors is waterproof laminate flooring. This type of flooring does require the installation of a sub-floor to prevent moisture damage.
Carpet is an option for basement flooring if you have a dry basement. Additionally, it’s important to take extra precautions with the installation. In order to minimize the exposure of your carpet to moisture, you will need to install a vapor barrier beneath the carpet. You can also use a moisture proof carpet pad or you can choose to install carpet with antimicrobial properties to prevent moisture accumulation.
Tile is waterproof and a great option for basement floors as well. It’s a higher end product than laminate and vinyl, and it is available in wood plank, stone and other looks. Tile surface is finished and stands up to water. It can also be easily installed right on top of your concrete floors. Warm up the space with large, cushioning area rugs.
How We Can Help
Visit our showroom today to find the best type of flooring for your basement.