The Great Debate: Which Type of Basement Flooring is Best?August 23, 2012
Because a basement has so much potential it can come as a surprise that basements are one of the most overlooked areas of a home. Traditionally labeled as storage areas and little else, basements can be modified or refinished to serve a wide variety of purposes! Your plans for your basement will need to be considered when choosing a flooring option; there are several different types of basement flooring options, each with their own benefits, drawbacks, and ideal uses.
Concrete / Cement
A tried-and-true option, concrete or cement is one of the most common types of basement flooring that you will find in basements. This is the best option for basements that see a lot of heavy traffic, i.e. a basement workshop or storage area for heavy items like furniture. Concrete / cement can certainly take a beating without showing wear and tear too quickly, making it ideal for environments where it will be enduring a lot of use. The drawback to this option is that it is not very pretty, and does not offer anything by way of temperature control or comfort.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add a little bit of class and comfort to your basement, carpet is one of the best types of basement flooring for the job. If you won’t be using your basement to store heavy items and you don’t plan on having a home workshop down there, carpet can be a simple solution that makes your basement seem that much more inviting. Because it is not immune to moisture in the same manner that concrete / cement can be, something will need to be done in your basement to keep the moisture levels down to prevent mold growth in your carpets.
Laminate / Vinyl
Affordable and available in a wide variety of styles and colors, laminate or vinyl solutions are one of the best types of basement flooring for basements that are being converted into living spaces or otherwise made to feel more like the rest of the home. Like carpet, this option does not do well with high amounts of moisture in the air or at floor level, so a ventilation system or air de-humidifier will be needed to keep moisture levels down and protect your laminate / vinyl floors.
While not one of the types of basement flooring that stands up well to heavy traffic and above-normal wear and tear, ceramic tiles are more resistant to moisture than many other types of basement flooring that are readily available. Ceramic tiles are perfect for basements that will be used as laundry areas, or in parts of basements that are being renovated and turned into small apartments or living areas where liquids will be present, i.e. a wet bar.
Different types of basement flooring have different advantages and disadvantages, and only you and your contractor can make the decision about which one is best for your basement. If you have any questions about any of these types of basement flooring, make sure to get in touch with a local contractor today!