What Is the Best Flooring for a Basement?

Discover the best basement flooring options which offer beautiful looks and ease of maintenance.

North Terrace - Terra/Clay Luxury Vinyl

When you’re ready to finish your basement, besides choosing the décor and furniture, you’ll need to find a floor to cover up the concrete. Armstrong makes several types of hard surface floors that are ideal for below ground spaces.

Before you begin your search for a new basement floor, answer these questions:

  • What will your refinished basement be used for: Home theater? Playroom? Game room?
  • What type of basement floor do you want? Vinyl? Laminate? Wood? Tile?
  • Is easy maintenance important?

After you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to explore your options for the best basement flooring.


Luxe Vinyl Plank Flooring

LUXURY VINYL TILE


Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is a popular flooring choice for basements. It offers incredibly realistic looks in ceramic, stone, and wood, yet it’s easier to clean and kinder to your feet than the real thing.


Why Choose LVT?


  • Looks like natural stone, ceramic tile, or wood
  • Alterna can be installed with or without grout, depending on the look you want.
  • Alterna has multiple sizes and shapes, for creating unique floor patterns.
  • Luxe Plank offers superior water resistance and is easy to install.
  • Warm and comfortable for bare feet
  • Easy to clean, resists stains and soiling

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American Scrape™ Red Rock Canyon – Engineered Hardwood

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD


Engineered hardwood is not the same as solid hardwood. Only engineered hardwood floors should be installed in finished basements. These floors have a multi-ply construction, which gives them greater stability and reduces concerns about shrinking and expanding with temperature and humidity changes.


Why Choose Engineered Hardwood?


  • Beautiful wood looks
  • Wide variety of species
  • Prefinished – no on-site finishing issues
  • Smooth and rustic textures
  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be installed as a “floating floor” (not attached to the subfloor)

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Rustics™ Premium – Forestry Mix Laminate Flooring

LAMINATE


For amazing looks and durability, you can’t beat laminate for your basement floor. Armstrong’s imaging technologies allow our designers to create floors with extraordinary colors and textures.


Why Choose Laminate?


  • Innovative, fashionable designs
  • Lock&Fold installation is the fastest and easiest installation available
  • Easy to clean
  • Moisture resistant
  • The best laminate warranties in the industry
  • Can be installed as a “floating floor” (not attached to the subfloor)

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 Armstrong – CushionStep™ Vinyl Sheet Flooring

VINYL SHEET


Vinyl sheet is the “go to” floor for any room in your home – including basements. You’ve got everything you need in a basement floor: stylish designs, easy care, durability, and moisture resistance.


Why Choose Vinyl Sheet?


  • Designs for every taste, style, and décor
  • Has a protective coating that resists staining, scratches, and scuffs
  • Won’t rip, tear or gouge under normal household use
  • Installation options
  • FloorScore™ certified – vinyl sheet floors meet or exceed low-emission standards for better indoor air quality and a healthier home

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CushionStep Whitewashed Walnut Vinyl Sheet

VINYL TILE


If you’re a DIYer looking for a more affordable flooring for your basement, consider vinyl tile. It’s a good choice for a quick and easy room makeover.


Why Choose Vinyl Tile?


  • DIY-friendly with “peel ‘n stick” tiles
  • Variety of colors and patterns
  • Easy to clean
  • Good value

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Marmorette Linoleum

LINOLEUM


Homeowners choose linoleum for their basement floor when they want a more environmentally friendly product. Linoleum is made from natural materials like linseed oil, limestone, and recycled wood flour.


Why Choose Linoleum?


  • Made from natural materials
  • Vivid color choices
  • Resists gouging and staining
  • Long-lasting – up to 40 years if it’s installed and maintained properly.
  • Naturally anti-bacterial

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Visit a knowledgeable Armstrong flooring retailer to get answers to all your questions.

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