The best type of flooring for your basement can be tricky. You probably have an idea of what you want, or even what type of aesthetic you would like to model after, but you want to know if you will just be wasting money on something that you will have to replace in six months. So let’s take a look at some different types of flooring out there and do a little analysis.
First, let’s look at what we’re starting with. In most cases, a basement is usually a poured slab of concrete without any type of finishing done to it. This is the canvas that you will be working with to create your new masterpiece living area. Right now, it might consist of a washer, a dryer, and some mechanical equipment like a furnace. The reason most basements start out this way is because of the work needed to even begin talking about living in a below-ground space. You need to jump over some hurdles first.
Whenever we are talking about basements, we are usually talking about moisture. Now, right away your mind is probably going to ‘mold’. And that is always a possibility in basements that are not properly ventilated. But moisture itself is the key thing to focus on. So what are your options?
I’ll keep this short; you don’t want to put hardwood flooring in your basement. If even a little bit of moisture invades your hardwood, it could ruin everything. So stay away from hardwood flooring in your basement.
This is basically just improving on your already installed concrete floor; basically making it pretty and easier to clean. This would be a great option depending on what look you are going for. For a downtown loft, this look is great and very popular right now. However, if you are going for a more comfortable, intimate setting, this is probably not what you want.
Tile is a very versatile option in any situation. It creates a solid surface and is easily cleaned. It is also very suitable for your basement. However, it again is not as ‘warm-feeling’ as other options. But with a concrete floor already as a base, it makes tile a very good option for installation. PRO TIP: Make SURE to use a high-quality sealant on your entire project; tile and grout.
Carpet is never really a great option for basements. The only time to do this is if you are CONFIDENT that moisture will not creep into your home. If any moisture starts getting into your carpet, you may not find out until it’s too late and mold has already formed. And that is not a problem you want to have.
Laminate flooring might just be the look you are going for. Let’s take a look at why it could work for you. First, laminate (floating) floors use a moisture barrier underlayment. This is very beneficial for basements. Second, the installation process can be very easy, depending on the brand and style. It basically snaps together and you can get a large area done fairly quickly. Finally, laminate flooring can be found at very affordable prices. Shop for sales, but don’t opt for ‘cheap’. You should be able to tell the difference when you pick it up.