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Basement Flooring Options

These basement flooring ideas deliver stylish designs and meet the performance needs unique to below-grade spaces.

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Imagine converting your basement to that great new room your home has been missing. Game room, family room, home theater, gym, guest apartment, home office – no matter what your dream space is, choosing the right floor is key.

Here are a few of your best basement flooring options:

Stone-look luxury vinyl tile – These elegant floors offer realistic stone designs in slate, stone, or ceramic tile. Water-resistant 12” or 16” tiles install easily over concrete, with or without grout, and come in a wide range of style options. Don’t worry about a cold, hard surface either. Luxury vinyl tiles feel soft and warm underfoot and won’t chip or crack if something drops on them.

Wood-look luxury vinyl plank – Enjoy the natural look of hardwood in a waterproof floor that’s easy to install. Planks attach to each other (instead of the subfloor) along an adhesive overlay and float over the existing basement floor. The great advantage of luxury vinyl plank is that it molds to the floor underneath and is very forgiving to uneven surfaces.

Laminate – Consider durable laminate flooring for the look of hardwood in a below-grade installation. Laminate boards capture all the realism of wood without the threat of shrinking and warping. DIY-easy laminate boards simply lock and fold together directly over concrete with no special tools or adhesives.

Engineered hardwood – The multi-ply construction of genuine wood over a stabilized core makes engineered hardwood less susceptible to shrinking and expanding. It’s a great choice for basement flooring if you want real wood.

Vinyl – For a moisture-resistant basement floor, vinyl in sheet or tile is an excellent choice. Vinyl sheet with fiberglass backing lies perfectly flat over a concrete slab without adhesive. For a custom look, peel-and-stick vinyl tiles let you alternate colors or patterns to create a unique checkerboard or other striking visual.

With these basement flooring ideas, you’ll love entertaining family and friends in your new lower level room.

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