BASEMENT FLOORING GUIDE
When it comes to flooring, basements have always needed their own special attention.
Being a below-grade, subterranean space, basements are known to be prone to high levels of moisture and standing water. The threat of constant dampening or even flooding is always imminent. With this in mind, it is important to choose the right flooring material to alleviate these concerns.
Vinyl Flooring For Your Basement
Vinyl is perhaps the common choice for basement flooring for many reasons. Unlike materials such as regular hardwood, vinyl flooring does not expand, contract or shift due to humidity or temperature. It is also a great choice for basement flooring for the following reasons:
- It’s versatility makes it a great option for almost any room in your home. Whether it be in a living room with a large window that lets in the suns rays, or in the basement where moisture tends to build up
- It’s water resistant nature allows it to be immune to moisture and light water
- Affordability – vinyl flooring is a cost-effective solution to your basement flooring problems
- Options – planks, sheets, or luxury tiles, the choice is yours!
Engineered Hardwood For Your Basement
Regular hardwood flooring doesn’t have a great reputation when it comes to rooms with high moisture. This is because they are known to expand, contract, and shift given prolonged exposure to temperature and humidity changes. Engineered hardwood flooring, on the other hand, can be installed almost anywhere.
If you’re looking for your home to have hardwood on every floor, engineered hardwood flooring is the go-to choice for your basement.
- Impressively resistant to moisture
- Since it can used almost anywhere, it is great for home owners who desire consistency and uniformity throughout their home – including the basement
- Customized to your needs – variety of wood species, widths and finishes available
- Red Oak, Hickory, and Brazilian Cherry are some of our most popular choices
Things To Consider
- Checking for moisture Before considering installing flooring in your basement, it’s important to do a test for moisture. One easy way to do so is by cutting a garbage bag and sealing all 4 sides with tape. After 2 days, if there is water buildup, you may have a moisture issue. If this is the case, it would be advised to address this issue prior to any installations. It is best advised to hire a professional to help seal leaks and eliminate moisture.
- Subfloors: Subloor is an additional layer that goes under the floor, that helps with adding warmth and cushion. It’s especially recommended to add a subfloor layer to a basement flooring installation – particularly using a surface that is moisture resistant