If your home has a basement you’re looking to finish, you’ve probably started thinking about the type of flooring you’ll install down there.
There are always challenges around finishing a basement. No other room in your home deals with moisture and cold temperatures like your basement does, so selecting the right flooring will be one of the most important decisions you make.
Before deciding, consider what you’ll be using your basement for, how often, and your budget.
Concrete, while not the most aesthetically pleasing choice, often ends up being the go-to for basement flooring. Concrete stands up best to moisture and shows the least amount of wear and tear.
With the right preparation and smoothing, you can stain your concrete floor any color. Doing this provides more flexibility to your basement’s aesthetics.
The downfall of concrete is it’s cold. There’s no way to heat a concrete floor and it can cause your basement’s temperatures to drop significantly.
Laminate flooring is a great option for homeowners who are looking to add a bit more detail to their basement. And, frankly, make it look less like a basement.
Laminate flooring comes many different styles, so you can have the appearance of hardwood floor or tile while keeping the cost down and mitigating disaster with moisture.
Most laminate manufacturers add a thin, dense cushion to their products to help insulate the basement and quiet the sound laminate flooring makes when you walk on it.
Keep in mind, laminate flooring does come in grades. You’ll want a higher grade to ensure you get adequate padding and moisture repelling properties. Laminate flooring is difficult to repair, so do yourself the favor and invest in a higher-grade product.
Carpet is a comfortable and homey option for your basement. It allows moisture to escape easily and insulates against the cold. Plus, it’s a good value for your money.
When you install carpet, you’ll want to look for denser cushions for under the carpet which insulates better and is easier on your feet.
While you don’t want to go purchase the most expensive carpet you can find, do invest in a durable carpet. Know you’ll need to replace the wall to wall carpeting every 10-15 years, if not sooner.