Best Flooring for the Basement
When you are looking at finishing or renovating your basement, there are some unique considerations to keep in mind when choosing your flooring.
The number one issue to keep in mind is that basements are prone to moisture problems. Concrete that makes up a basement’s walls and the floor is susceptible to groundwater that is in the ground around your house. Because of this, it is critical to have the proper moisture barriers installed to prevent excess moisture from creating mold and other problems before installing any flooring. Even if you choose a waterproof flooring, water can become saturated underneath causing mold and mildew to form.
The other main issue is that basements tend to be cold, even with insulation. Because hot air rises, colder air will fall to the lowest level of your home – the basement.
What Flooring Should Not Be Used In A Basement?
Solid hardwood flooring is the main flooring type that needs to be avoided in the basement. It is very susceptible to moisture and will buckle and warp with exposure to high humidity, a wet concrete slab, or even substantial temperature changes.
Other organic flooring options, such as cork or wool carpet, should also be avoided. They can mold and rot.
The absolute best flooring for a basement is waterproof vinyl flooring. It is warmer and more insulating than other hard flooring options, and it can easily withstand any moisture issues. It can also be installed easily over a concrete slab. With its variety of colors, patterns, and styles you can also replicate the look of hardwood or tile.
As long as any moisture issues have been taken care of before installation, carpet makes a great option because it is warm. It will help keep your basement feeling less damp and cold and will even add a level of soundproofing to the room. Moisture barrier carpet padding is vital to help protect it from potential moisture.
Laminate and Engineered Hardwood
Both laminate and engineered hardwood can hold up to moisture and temperature fluctuations. Laminate even has water resistant and waterproof options. They do not, however, add much to the warmth of the space.
As with any flooring purchase, choosing the right flooring for your home and lifestyle can be tricky which is why we are here to help. Stop by our store and let us help you decide the best option for your home.
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