Basements are usually dark and damp. It is challenging to determine the right flooring for basements, as most options will fail to last long. You are confused between form and function while also having to manage with a shorter list of options.
The key is to choose a material that can withstand humidity, water leakage and is affordable enough so that replacing it every few years doesn’t feel like a big investment.
Let’s look at a few tried and tested basement flooring ideas.
Here’s a rundown of your options.
Engineered wood looks elegant and adds a classic touch to any basement. If you want to turn it into a living space, this is one of the best options. However, due to the excessive moisture of most basements, it may not last for decades. If you’re looking for a long-lasting material, this is not the wisest choice. It certainly looks great but isn’t cost-effective.
Waterproof laminate floors look like hardwood but have no wood content. This makes it a smart option for a basement as it’s 100% waterproof and has zero moisture problems. The only drawback is that your style choices are limited and it’s more expensive than conventional laminate flooring.
Tile has always been a popular flooring option for basements due to its durability. Ceramic tiles are water repellent but usually become slippery over the years. This problem can be avoided by choosing an anti-slip version. This flooring material is very suitable for basements that are used as gaming rooms and can withstand heavy traffic.
Vinyl tile is a durable and cost-effective basement option. It also comes in different shapes, sizes and patterns, which makes it versatile. Its installation is also simpler and it can be easily replaced.
Cork is a natural, eco-friendly material whose water resistance makes it popular. However, it can develop minor and major scratches and dents from heavy usage.
If you’re planning to build a guest room or one that won’t be frequented that much, this is a good choice as it looks and feels warm and beautiful.
If you’re in favour of eco-friendly materials, then linoleum, which is a linseed oil product, is another option to consider. It’s highly durable, long-lasting and comes in different colours and patterns. Resistance towards moulds and moisture also makes this type of flooring a good choice.
Concrete flooring offers a huge variety of options, ranging from stain or epoxy coating to acrylic paint. Moreover, it’s easy to maintain which makes it suitable for a basement. You can make a gym, playroom or office in your basement if you’ve selected this flooring type. As an added bonus, it’s also relatively inexpensive.
Carpet tiles are stylish and absorb less moisture than conventional carpeting. Though not the most durable choice, it’s still a popular one among homeowners looking for trendy flooring materials that are inexpensive and for whom durability isn’t a priority. These tiles can be easily replaced when they get dirty, and there are various colourful options from which to choose.
Note that they’re more expensive than regular carpet flooring and the pressure-sensitive adhesive backing will wear down in areas that get too damp.
The above floorings styles are all options for your basement. Each has its pros and cons, but you’re likely to find something regardless of the type of basement you want to build. Choose the one that suits your purpose, taste and budget for best results.