When finishing a basement it’s crucial to select an appropriate flooring material. Not only do you need to consider the aesthetic appeal of your choice, but also the functionality of the material as well. As professional builders and remodelers we’ve renovated quite a few basements and know just which material will withstand the damp environment.
You might already know to avoid carpet since carpeted basements can get moldy. But there are also other materials to avoid, including wood “sleepers” and plywood underlayment that are sometimes mistakenly laid over a basement floor. Like carpeting, wood is a porous material that absorbs and holds moisture—exactly what you do not need in the basement.
One product that has a good track record in the basement is flooring made from high-density plastic (PVC), with surface finishes that mimic ceramic tile or wood parquet. The material won’t absorb or be damaged by moisture, and mold won’t grow on it either.
These PVC tiles have a knobby underside that is ideal in the basement because it lets the tile flex over a rough, irregular concrete floor, while also providing drainage space and a thermal break.
Another popular choice for basements is vinyl flooring. It’s moisture resistant for one and vinyl flooring is also available in a variety of styles. You can select from stone-look-alike and wood-look-alike vinyl tiles and planks. Vinyl can also be easily installed over a concrete floor without any adhesive. Another plus to vinyl flooring is that it won’t be cold under your feet. If you were to have stone tiles installed for example, your floor would be chilled. A stone-look-alike vinyl tile will pull off the same look without the chilling effect.
Whatever you choose for flooring in your basement be sure that the material is moisture-resistant. Between the naturally damp atmosphere of a basement to potential flooding risks you want to make sure your basement floor is a durable choice.
At Two Cousins Remodeling & Repair we can provide a full basement renovation or simply a floor installation. If your basement floor needs repairs we’re also happy to take a look and make the fixes. Give us a call or click here for a quote.