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What Types of Flooring are Best Suited for the Basement?

A properly designed and finished basement is one that is sealed and dry. Because the basement is generally below-grade, it’s still prone to humidity and moisture. On a good note – most types of flooring can withstand the humidity as long as they’re properly installed. So let’s take a look at some of the best flooring options for the basement – and some of the worst.

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Best Basement Flooring Materials

Vinyl: Vinyl sheets or tile are great for prepared concrete flooring. They will generally withstand minor flooding without many problems. Choose higher quality vinyl flooring if you’re looking for more comfort, durability, and beauty. Some nice quality vinyl has the appearance of tile, stone, or wood.

Ceramic Tile: Many people prefer ceramic tile for the basement because it’s very durable and available in a broad variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can create unique designs by using different colors of tile, and it’s very resilient and relatively inexpensive.

Epoxy Floor Coatings: This is a great option if you prefer basement flooring with a very hard surface. You can choose from a variety of colors for this waterproof and easy to apply coating.

Rubber Flooring Tiles: You often see rubber flooring tiles in daycare centers and children’s playrooms. The interlocking tiles are very easy to install and you can create playful and colorful designs. You may also use them to create divisions or specific areas throughout the basement.

Engineered Wood: Not to be mistaken for laminate flooring, engineered wood is more durable than soft-core laminate. This type of flooring provides the appearance of hardwood flooring but the durability and stability of high quality laminate. These are available in a variety of designs and can be installed as a DIY project if you’re looking to save on installation costs.

Never Use these Flooring Types in the Basement

You should stay away from any type of laminate flooring that has a fiberboard core or that hasn’t been treated to resist moisture. Solid hardwood flooring is excellent for other areas of the home, but not in the basement. The high humidity causes it to swell, warp, and buckle.

Regardless of the type of flooring you choose for your basement, certain measures will need to be made to protect it and your household from moisture and mold. Many types of flooring for the basement have moisture guards and plastic barriers in place, so make sure to read all of the installation instructions if you’re installing the flooring on your own.

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