A finished basement brings a lot of benefits and additional space to your home, but some challenges come with choosing basement flooring. The basement is the hardest room in the house to install flooring, as there are things you must work around, including humidity and moisture, uneven surfaces, and finding materials that won’t be ruined by flooding. With all of these obstacles in mind, here are the best basement flooring materials, and the materials you should stay away from.
Best: Wood-Look Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile is impervious to moisture, making it one of the best options for basements that tend to hold more moisture and are most prone to flooding. The wood-look tile is mainly for aesthetic purposes, as the floor looks very similar to real wood. This type of flooring is very popular and is seen as a status item; however, this also means that it is more expensive than other materials. Another con is that it feels cold to the touch unless radiant heating mats are installed. While it has a few drawbacks, wood-look porcelain tile is overall a great option for your basement.
Great: Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) looks like real stone and even looks as though it has the texture of stone. The stone-look LVT material mimics the look of popular stones such as slate and marble, and have double the thickness as conventional tile. This means that the LVT is better at insulating a cold basement floor and has longer durability. On the downside, it is more expensive than vinyl tile while not providing too much difference.
Aesthetically Bad: Rubber
Rubber flooring is found in gyms, dance studios, and preschool playrooms, but not often in the home. This is mainly because rubber is not aesthetically pleasing, and should only be used exclusively for exercise rooms or children’s playrooms. Rubber should only be used in the basement if it’s main purpose is a play space for kids, as it’s really not appropriate for living spaces. However, rubber is a great insulator and is waterproof, so it can be a good option if you want a playroom in your basement.
Worst: Solid Hardwood
Don’t even think about solid hardwood for your basement, as there is no way it will end up looking the way you imagine. Solid hardwood must be nailed into place, which of course can not be done onto a concrete slab, but is also not easy to do over a super-subfloor. In the basement, a hardwood floor would absorb the humidity and will start to warp and crack, and can even be a home for mold.
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