A Quick Guide to Your Best Basement Flooring Options

Your basement is a versatile space with endless possibilities often undiscovered. Besides functioning as a regular storage space, it can also act as an office, a home gym, a playroom or even a den. Now that you’re going to put it to good use, you need to decide what flooring makes sense. The problem with basements is that they’re prone to moisture and humidity which can damage the floor covering and promote mould growth. That’s why it’s important to choose a flooring material that’s resistant to moisture and easy to maintain. Below, we discuss some of the best ones for your basement.

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Choosing the right material for your basement floor can be tricky, especially because it’s prone to exposure to damp and moisture, which encourages mould growth and mites. We’ve got you covered with these flooring options that are just right for your basement.

Concrete

This is one of the most hassle-free basement flooring options for high or moderate moisture levels. One advantage of having concrete flooring is that you can overlay an existing concrete slab with decorative concrete finishes or an epoxy sealant to suit your style. 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.

Concrete Flooring

Vinyl

Available in a variety of styles and patterns, resilient vinyl flooring is durable, easy to install and maintain, and moisture proof. It also provides good cushioning and is relatively affordable. If you have a higher budget, you can choose vinyl flooring that look like stone, ceramic tile or even wood. Just make sure you eliminate all floor imperfections to make the surface smooth for vinyl installation. You can choose between vinyl sheets and self-sticking vinyl tiles.

Laminate Flooring

While laminate isn’t water-resistant by nature, waterproof laminates are, which makes them ideal for basement flooring. Laminate has a protective topcoat that not only protects the floor from water damage but also makes it easier to clean spills and splashes. It’s also recommended that you lay down a vapour barrier as additional protection before installing waterproof laminates. If you can’t afford waterproof laminate flooring, you can choose conventional laminates, but remember to install/prepare your subfloor first to prevent moisture damage.

Laminate Flooring

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood flooring combines the beauty and warmth of real wood with the resilience of laminate. The top layer is basically a wood veneer and the substrate layers are composed of plywood, particle board or fiberglass. These multiple layers are then fixed together in a criss-cross pattern that makes the flooring structurally sound, thus preventing them from warping and cracking with temperature and moisture fluctuations.

Rubber

Rubber is the perfect flooring choice for basements, especially when the space is used as a home gymnasium or family game room. It has a cushioning effect that absorbs shock from high-intensity exercise and heavyweights. Generally made from recycled materials, including old car tires, rubber floor tiles are an eco-friendly flooring option. Additionally, rubber is water-resistant and doesn’t encourage the growth of mould or mildew.

Basement Flooring FAQ

Can I use my basement as a laundry room? If so, what’s the best flooring option?

Yes, you can. Laundry rooms have a high possibility of standing water and moisture exposure. Unlike hardwood or laminate, vinyl is water-resistant and makes a great option for your basement flooring.

Does your floating basement floor need a water-based polyurethane finish?

A polyurethane application seals all seams, provides a waterproof coat and prevents denting. If your floor develops dents and scratches (which it eventually will), you can easily restore it through refinishing. Just apply a coat of water-based polyurethane to regain the original finish. Always choose a water-based polyurethane over a solvent-based product to avoid the risk of damaging your floor’s finish.

Is cork a good flooring choice for your basement?

Yes, it is. Cork is basically wood, but unlike most other hardwoods it can withstand conditions others can’t. Firstly, cork is made of millions of sponge-like cellular structures or air pockets which means it consists of 50 percent air. Secondly, a waxy substance known as suberin (produced in the bark of the cork oak tree) makes it resistant to liquids and gases. These two characteristics make cork water resistant – an ideal choice for basement flooring.

Basements are notorious for being dark, damp, cold and mouldy. Many are ‘below grade’ (completely or partially below the ground level) and mostly uneven. This naturally limits the choice of materials that work for basement flooring. Do some research, gather details and order samples to see what works best for you. For more information on basement flooring, contact Amazon Hardwood.

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