Flooring in Basement

The flooring options for your basement are not any different than the options you have for flooring in the other rooms in your home. Anything from hardwood to ceramics, all of these are possible choices for the flooring in your basement.

The first question you should be asking yourself when deciding on the option for your basement floor is: what will be the function of the basement once the floor is fitted?

Is its primary function for storage?

If you do not use your basement for living space and merely use it for storage, you do not want to be going to the expense of fitting a beautiful looking floor, a few good coats of floor paint will do just as good a job for a lot less cash.

Flooring in Basement

If you want to be creative, you can always use masking tape to create patterns on the floor. At the end of the day, painting the floor will seal the concrete, allowing you to keep the place clean, it will brighten up the basement, and it is the cheapest flooring option. If you don’t like the look of it, you can always repaint it.

Is its primary function for living space?

It is a growing trend these days for basements to you used as a means of adding living space to their homes. Here again, the use of the space is dependent on the flooring that you will need. If you use the space as a children’s play area, a more durable, but softer floor covering is preferable.

However, the use of carpets in a basement is not recommended due to the higher risk of flooding and the increased moisture. If, however, you have had your basement properly waterproofed, the carpet with a good quality underlay will provide you with extra cushioning and may also keep your basement warmer.

If your basement is going to be used as a family entertainment room, then the floor covering generally dependent on the final décor of the room. If your room has been waterproofed correctly, hardwood flooring will make your room look the same as the rest of your home and will make it feel warm and cozy.

One of the most durable and easy to clean options are ceramic tilling; however, they can be cold to the touch so you may consider the use of area rugs. One of the more popular solutions to basement flooring problems is the installation of a subfloor; this can reduce the cold from the concrete floor and minimize any damage that may be caused by moisture.

It is important, however, to remember even a correctly fitted vapor barrier will not protect your basement from flood damage. Any moisture under your subfloor may cause ongoing problems with mold, mildew, and wood rot.

Waterproofing your Basement

Irrespective of the type of flooring that you install, you will protect your home and belongings better if you have your basement waterproofed before you install your new floor.

If you have ever had a leak or flood in your basement or if you have experienced moisture problems, it is best to consult a specialist to get a recommendation as to the best waterproofing method for your situation. Read this awesome article on picking the best laminate wood flooring.