When choosing the flooring to install in basement areas, too many homeowners think that they can use ‘any old flooring’ because no one is going to see this part of their properties anyway. However, most basements experience some degree of dampness or exposure to moisture. This means that some types of flooring will be far better suited than others. Below is a little information that will help you choose the best type of flooring to use in your basement.
Feel free to read our post about best flooring for a basement that floods.
Floor Tiles with a Built-in Vapor Barrier
If your basement experiences a fair amount of moisture or dampness, these tiles could be the ideal option to use on the floor.
Floor tiles that contain a built-in vapor barrier are available in a wide range of styles, types, and colors. In fact, some of them are proper carpet tiles and others have been made to look like natural stone tiling. These tiles have been designed with specially molded plastic bases that lift the tiles off of the concrete slab slightly, which enable the concrete to breathe and not retain moisture.
Installation and purchase costs for these tiles will also be relatively low because they simply interlock into each other. Using them will also help prevent the development and growth of mold in your basement.
Epoxy Coated Cement
Over time, an epoxy coated cement floor will more than likely be one of your most affordable and durable options for basement flooring.
When an epoxy later is poured over your bare cement basement floor, it provides it with a highly durable and easy to clean coating that will last for many years. In most cases, all that is required to keep it clean is damp mopping because epoxy forms a clear and shiny finish.
One of the only downside to epoxy coated flooring is that it can be quite slippery if any type of liquid gets spilled on it. In addition, you are able to install some types of flooring over the epoxy if you get tired of the finish at some point.
This flooring is extremely durable and also quite affordable. Its water resistant properties also make it ideal for use in spaces that experience mild amounts of dampness or exposure to moisture.
Ceramic tiles can be purchased in many different styles, colors, and sizes these days, which means that it will be easy to find something that you like or that will match the rest of your basement layout.
Because these tiles can be cold and hard underfoot, you may want to consider adding smaller area rugs to make your basement a little cozier during colder weather. Ceramic tiles may also not be the best choice if children or elderly persons will be using the basement area, as they can result in serious injuries if falls occur.
Vinyl or Linoleum
These two flooring options are available in tiles, sheets, and planks, each of which can be purchased in various different colors and styles.
Most types of vinyl and linoleum flooring are able to withstand exposure to dampness and moisture quite well, and vinyl can even provide you with a little cushioning underfoot as well. Many of the higher priced options can even look very much like wood, stone or even ceramic tiles if the correct designs are selected.
This flooring can be purchased in sheets or tiles that have handy interlocking edge pieces and it is also available in many different colors and patterns. This can be a great option if you intend using your basement as a playroom area or as a family room because it provides a good amount of underfoot cushioning and it can dampen sound quite substantially as well.
Set a Good Budget
Regardless of the type of flooring you intend installing in your basement, it is recommended that you plan ahead for this project by setting aside a realistic amount of money. After all, you wouldn’t want to replace or repair flooring when just a few months have passed because of it being a cheap and poor quality product.
If you have never installed flooring before, now will not be the time to put your DIY skills to the test. Rather spend a little extra cash and have your new flooring installed by a qualified and experienced professional.