When deciding to finish or remodel your basement it is important to choose materials that can withstand the moist environment of a basement. Choosing a flooring to install in your new lower level can be difficult with so many options being available. In this post we will be covering what is the best flooring for basements as well as the other options available!\r\n\r\nSimilar to any material being used in your finished basement, the most important factor of the product should be water resistance. Not only is your basement very humid, it is also extremely prone to water events such as flooding and leaking. When such an event occurs, you do not want to have to throw away all of your flooring, that would be a big time and monetary expense. Think about what will happen to your flooring if your sump pump overflows, a pipe bursts, or your washing machine overflows, these are all very common occurrences in basements.\r\nWhat basement flooring material is best?\r\nThe best type of flooring for basements is vinyl. Vinyl flooring can come in the form of vinyl plank and vinyl tile, giving it the ability to look nearly identical to hardwood and stone products with the added benefit of being waterproof. Vinyl flooring is made of PVC making it durable and waterproof. An additional benefit of vinyl flooring is the durability, since it is made of inorganic materials unlike wood, this makes it great for high traffic areas! Vinyl plank can be installed directly on your sub floor making installation much quicker and easier.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOne of the common misconceptions of vinyl flooring is that it has a look and feel similar to linoleum. Over the past few years the design and construction of vinyl flooring has improved drastically. Many new color and patterns and options have become available which makes finding the perfect style for you easy.\r\n\r\nWe use vinyl plank and vinyl tile flooring in our basements due to the waterproof properties. Giving our homeowners the peace of mind that their floor is safe from water damage is a big plus! Vinyl plank is also a floating floor meaning it is not attached to the sub-floor, so it can be more easily removed and replaced if needed.\r\nTop Benefits of Vinyl Flooring:\r\n\r\n \tWaterproof\r\n \tDurable\r\n \tLarge variety of colors and styles\r\n \tPlank and Tile sizes\r\n\r\n \r\nExamples of vinyl plank and vinyl tile basement flooring:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis basement had a large pub style bar which matched well with this hickory colored vinyl plank flooring. The waterproof vinyl flooring looks and feels very similar to hardwood.\r\nThis Espresso colored vinyl plank gives the basement flooring a high end look while remaining waterproof and mold resistant.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis bathroom featured grouted vinyl tile. This grouted vinyl tile has the look and feel of ceramic tile, with the strength and durability of vinyl.\r\nWith the large array of color and style variations, vinyl tile can fit into any home design. This basement had a more classical design which included this Canyon Sun color vinyl tile.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPros and Cons of Basement Flooring Materials\r\nCarpet for Your Basement\r\nCarpet is another option for finished basements that many homeowners choose. Although it does not offer the waterproof and mold proof attributes of vinyl, it does offer a warmer, more cozy feel. Many times, carpeting is chosen for the main living room space, the staircase, and bedrooms to keep them feeling warm and soft to the touch. In the event of a small water event, carpet can most likely be saved if it is dried quickly before mold or mildew develop. Many times, carpeting can be pulled up and dried.\r\n\r\nCarpet can be a more budget friendly option for the basement as well. With many different options and styles, there is a carpet style suited for any budget.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tCozy feel\r\n \tCan make for a quieter space\r\n \tOffers great cushion for hard basement floor\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tNot water resistant\r\n \tCan mold if left moist\r\n \tStains easy if spilled on\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHardwood & Laminate Flooring for Basements\r\nWhen it comes to basement flooring and basements in general, the less wood the better. Basements are a very humid and water prone environment where wood will not hold up well. Wood based flooring when placed in a basement will begin to warp and twist. Even without flooding, your basement foundation will have moisture leaking through which will form condensation underneath the flooring causing damage to the wood. Installing and replacing hardwood flooring can also be very costly and time consuming for homeowners as well.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tHigh end look and feel\r\n \tCan match the rest of your homes flooring\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tExtremely prone to water damage\r\n \tWill warp and twist\r\n \tProne to mold\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCeramic Tile for Basement Floors\r\nCeramic tile is a viable option for basement flooring, although it has some drawbacks. When glazed, water cannot penetrate the tile making it a good choice for water resistance and stain resistance. Ceramic tile also comes in a large variety of sizes, shapes and colors to go along with any design. A big downfall of ceramic tile in the basement is the temperature and cost. Ceramic tile is adhered directly to the foundation making it very cold for basements. The cost and time to install ceramic tile is also much higher than most other flooring options. Many times, our homeowners will elect to go with a ceramic tile in a bar or bathroom area only, and choose vinyl plank flooring for the majority of the basement.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tHigh end custom look and feel\r\n \tWater resistant\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tExpensive\r\n \tTime consuming\r\n \tRequires a professional to install\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEpoxy Flooring for Basements\r\nEpoxy flooring in basements is becoming a bit more popular than it used to be. It can offer a unique design choice while being easy to maintain and durable. One major drawback to epoxy flooring in basements is the temperature, like ceramic tile. epoxy flooring is very cold and hard on your feet. Depending on your uses for the basement a more padded flooring could be a better option. Epoxy flooring can be a great way to give your basement an industrial design.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tWater resistant\r\n \tDurable\r\n \tLong lasting\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tCold to touch\r\n \tHard on your feet\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThings to think about when picking basement flooring:\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMoisture Resistance\r\nWhen choosing any materials for your basement, it is always best to ensure they are capable of handling moisture.\r\n\r\nDurability\r\nDepending on how you will be using your basement you may want to see how durable a product is. A playroom for the kids may need different flooring than a custom bar.\r\n\r\nComfort Level\r\nBasements can be used for everything from an extra living room, home theater, or even a custom bar. Choose a flooring that is most comfortable for your specific needs.\r\n\r\nWarmth\r\nKeep in mind the temperature of your basement. The cold foundation will make for a colder floor if you choose a ceramic tile or epoxy.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWhether you are finishing your basement for added living space, a playroom for your kids or even a custom bar, you will want to protect your investment by picking materials that will last for a lifetime. Research the materials being used for moisture resistance, durability and comfort level. Finishing your basement is no small task and requires lots of planning, research and help from the professionals. If you are interested in finishing or remodeling your basement, our specialists are here to help. We offer Free Consultations for complete basement finishing. We are your one stop shop to transform your basement into a brand-new lower level.