A lot of homeowners use their basements for reasons other than just storage. In many homes, this space is utilised as a gym, kids’ playroom or family room and therefore, it requires as much attention as the rest of the house. However, the challenge with basements is that they are prone to moisture and humidity which can damage the floor covering and promote the growth of moulds.
There are several flooring options available when it comes to basement flooring. But to decide the best flooring for your basement, you first need to determine the purpose this space holds for your home. In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best basement flooring options to help you choose the right flooring.
Also known as cement floors, this is one of the most hassle-free basement flooring options for high or moderate moisture levels. But it expands and shrinks with temperature changes, resulting in cracks over time. An advantage of concrete flooring is that you can overlay an existing concrete slab with decorative concrete finishes or an epoxy sealant to suit your stylistic preferences. An epoxy coated concrete floor isn’t affected by water and is highly resistant to bacteria and germs. This flooring is a good fit if you’re looking for an easy-to-clean, water-resistant and inexpensive flooring solution.
- Vinyl Flooring
Available in a variety of styles and patterns, resilient vinyl flooring is a durable, easy-to-install and maintain, moisture-proof flooring option. Just make sure that you eliminate all floor imperfections to make the surface absolutely smooth for vinyl installation. Go for either vinyl sheets or self-sticking vinyl tiles.
- Laminate Flooring
If you’re looking for a cost-effective and stylish flooring solution, then laminate flooring can be a good choice. However, this will only be true if both ground and atmospheric moisture levels are normal in your basement.
Before you install laminates, make sure to eliminate moisture and humidity issues to avoid future damage. With advancements in technology, waterproof laminates are readily available that are ideal for covering a basement floor. These laminates not only protect the floor from water damage but also make it easier to clean spills and splashes. It’s also recommended that you lay a vapour barrier as an additional protection before installing waterproof laminates.
If you can’t afford waterproof laminate flooring, you may choose conventional laminates but remember to install/prepare your sub-floor first to prevent moisture damage. You can also consider other basement flooring options that fit your budget and needs.
- Engineered Wood
Engineered wood flooring combines the beauty and warmth of real wood with the resilience of laminates. This flooring option comes with a stable substrate for the planks unlike real wood, preventing them from warping and cracking with temperature and moisture fluctuations. It’s ideal for basements that have normal or manageable atmospheric and ground moisture.
Now that you have this list of flooring options, make an informed decision based on your budget and how you’ll be using your basement. Once you’re clear about your needs, narrowing down the list of options and finding the best basement flooring for your home will become easier.
However, if your basement faces occasional floods or other water issues beyond moisture and humidity, consult flooring and installation experts for the right flooring solution.