The Dream Floor for a Basement Man Cave
For a while, I’ve been thinking about building my dream basement, aka “man cave.” In my dream basement, the walls will be adorned with pictures of my sports heroes, and the centerpiece will be a very large, flat-screen television. A nice leather recliner and a pool table can also be found in this dream of mine. Now about the floor… In finished basements, I have seen everything from industrial carpet to vinyl tile to laminate. It never dawned on me that installing an authentic hardwood floor in a basement would be a viable option, but that’s what I discovered when I started working in Customer Service for Armstrong. Let me share what I know about hardwood options for your basement.
Choose Engineered Hardwood
First, I should to point out that it’s the structure of the hardwood that determines whether or not it’s suitable for a basement application. Solid hardwood floors are made of one solid piece of wood and are NOT recommended for any room that is below-grade. Below-grade is a flooring term for a basement or an area where any portion of the room is below ground level. The engineered hardwood structure is still a “real” hardwood product, but it differs from solid hardwood in that instead of being one solid piece, it consists of multiple layers, known as plies, which are glued together. (Learn more about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood.) Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be considered for basements.
Floating Floor Installation
If you choose an engineered hardwood for your basement, you’ll next need to know about installation methods. The floating floor application is the best method for a basement. A “floating floor” means that your hardwood is not attached directly to the subfloor. Instead, it “floats” over an underlayment pad. The pad offers the benefit of providing additional protection against potential moisture coming from beneath. (Please note that you should test your subfloor for moisture prior to installation.)The engineered hardwood planks then lock together like puzzle pieces. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll find both Bruce and Armstrong floors with Lock & Fold technology can be installed by non-professionals. Get complete instructions on installing Lock & Fold floors. Engineered hardwood floors can be glued down as well. The “floating” method is considered the easier of the two, and is normally less expensive also.
There are many different visuals available in engineered hardwood that are suitable for a basement remodel, whether that’s: a bedroom, kids’ playroom, home theatre or my personal favorite: Shrine to All-Things Sports. Whichever room scenario suits your preference, Armstrong has the engineered hardwood floor to match.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me, but I have to get back to dreaming about my man cave with the hardwood floor and the big screen TV…
Joe Sumpman, a Technical Services Representative, has four years at Armstrong under his belt. Joe is the consumer’s “phone a friend.” He can talk with you about almost any flooring topic – from installation methods to flooring warranties to finding a local retailer and more. He blogs about these topics too! At heart, Joe is a music and sports lover. And just for fun, he once decided to try skydiving!