Choosing Flooring for Your Basement
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Jan 17
Frank Worth

If you are working on a basement remodeling project, you might be worried about what type of flooring you will put down. Flooring is one of the most important aspects of a home improvement project, and it needs to be well thought out. The question most people ask is what type of flooring is best (and not best) for their basement. Below are some choices to help you decide.

Before making a decision and purchasing your basement floor product, you want to consider what you will be using the basement for. Will it be a laundry room, bedroom, workshop, recreation room or family room? Each one of these rooms has their own specific type of flooring needs. What may work well in the workshop may not work well in a bedroom.

If you plan on using the basement as a workshop, a concrete basement floor may work best. Of course, since the basement already has concrete down on the floor, the cost is next to nothing. Concrete floors make excellent storage rooms, and if you want, you can also opt to use vinyl flooring in the room as well.

If you plan to use the basement as an extra bedroom, a family room or a recreation room, your choices might include a durable carpet, laminate, or even vinyl tile. These floors stand up well to traffic and work well in basements.

Since the basement can oftentimes have moisture, using real wood is not a good idea. Mold can form underneath the wood flooring which could result in the wood needing to be taken out. This could create an additional unwanted expense.

Ceramic floors are gorgeous in the house, but they don’t work out as well in the basement. Ceramic becomes slick when there is moisture around, and this is always possible in the basement. The other disadvantage is how easily the tiles are broken if heavy items like weights are dropped on them.

Always take your time and make the right decision for your specific basement needs. Choosing the right floor will keep you happy for years to come.

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