What kind of flooring is best for your basement? There are various things to take into consideration when asking this question, such as the function of your basement and how much time you’ll spend down there, the moisture and humidity levels in your basement, and how level the existing floor is.
If you’re adding or replacing the floors in your basement, here are some flooring options to consider.
Carpeting has its pros and cons when it comes to basement flooring. Carpet installation is one of the cheaper options and adds comfort to the room, which is important if it’s a room you’ll spend time in. It also adds a little sound-proofing to the room, making the basement a good space for your kid’s band practice, for example. Carpet tile installation is another option, which will cause less hassle if you need to replace any part of your carpet.
However, carpet can be problematic due to the humidity levels that are common in basements. Warm, damp air tends to sink because it is heavier than dry air. This means it will settle in your basement and, since carpet is highly porous, will soak into your floor, leading to mold and mildew problems if left unchecked. If you opt for carpet in your basement, make sure to manage the room’s moisture levels.
Hardwood is a risky choice for basements because it is likely to warp and crack as it transforms due to humidity. But engineered wood flooring is a great alternative to hardwood, made up of a solid hardwood veneer attached to a thicker plywood backing. They look and feel almost identical to hardwood floors, cost a little less, and are much safer and more reliable for your basement. Engineered wood also has pretty effective sound-dampening qualities.
Laminate is another good option if you like the look of solid hardwood but don’t want the price tag or the risk of warping. Laminate can also imitate stone or tile flooring instead of hardwood. Laminate flooring is affordable and fairly easy to install in your basement, plus it’s durable and much more resistant to moisture than real wood flooring, making it stable for use in your basement.
Vinyl is an extremely versatile flooring material, and it’s suited to your basement, too. It is long-lasting, resistant to moisture, and low maintenance, making it an ideal choice if you only use your basement for storage, for example, and don’t go down there very often. Vinyl comes in a variety of colors and designs, with vinyl sheet, tile, or planks available. Vinyl is also easy to install, but it’s important that your floor is level before installation.
If you need carpet, tile, or hardwood installation for your home in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, or Kernersville, then contact University Flooring Center for our expert services.