A Few Things to Consider When Choosing a Basement floor
With the exception of solid hardwood, nearly every type of flooring can be installed in your basement. However, to complete the project you may have to deal with an uneven subfloor or problematic moisture. If your basement is out of level, you can use a self-leveling cement to create an even subfloor or purchase a flooring product that “floats” above the subfloor.
The vast majority of basements are constructed using concrete, one of the most durable materials available to home builders. One of concrete’s few weaknesses is porousness, meaning it allows water to seep through the slab floor and foundation walls. Particularly in older homes, moisture can also enter the basement through cracks in the foundation or at the joint between the foundation and exterior walls.
The easiest solution to combating moisture is to install a waterproof underlayment above the subfloor to ensure your new flooring doesn’t suffer from water damage. You can also opt to raise or “float” your floor off the concrete. The air gap between the installed flooring and foundation slab encourages moisture to dissipate.
Here are a few of your best basement flooring options:
Luxury Vinyl Tile with Stone Visuals
The cool floor that is warm underfoot. Luxury vinyl tile comes in a variety of stone designs in slate, marble, ceramic and travertine that reflect the coolness of a sub-level space. Unlike traditional stone and ceramic flooring, luxury vinyl resists breakage when items are dropped. It also absorbs sound to give your basement a quiet, peaceful vibe.
Luxury Vinyl Plank with Wood Visuals
Get the beauty of natural hardwood that is both waterproof and easy to install. Luxury vinyl plank is an ideal choice for those seeking a rustic, classic look for their basement. Choose the installation option that “floats” above your subfloor to avoid adding a protective underlayment. The great advantage of luxury vinyl plank is that it molds to the floor underneath and is very forgiving to uneven surfaces.
Durable, resilient laminate can be placed anywhere in your home, including basements. Laminate maintains its beauty even in high-traffic areas and through normal changes in temperature, light and humidity levels. Choose from a variety of striking visuals including hand-scraped wood, stone and other natural designs. DIY-easy laminate boards simply lock and fold together directly over concrete with no special tools or adhesives.
Engineered hardwood allows you to enjoy the beauty of wood flooring in your finished basement. The multi-ply construction of genuine wood over a stabilized core makes engineered hardwood less susceptible to shrinking and expanding. Like all Armstrong hardwood floors, engineered hardwood flooring comes in a wide variety of domestic and exotic wood species, stains and surface treatments.
Versatile vinyl sheet flooring is an ideal option for finished basements. It performs beautifully in both high-traffic and moisture-prone areas. Vinyl sheet with fiberglass backing lies perfectly flat over a concrete slab without adhesive. Out cutting-edge print technology produces beautiful vinyl flooring with realistic-looking designs that replicate woods, stones and other natural materials.
Want more basement flooring ideas?
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