Bottom Line On Basements: More Flooring Ideas Than Expected

ProSource | 9/26/2015 | Project Tips

After years of walking across a cold, concrete floor in your basement, you've finally decided to put down some type of flooring. The natural choice would seem be to carpet, right? Warm and soft, not to mention the varieties of colors, designs and thicknesses, carpet is a great choice.

You can even go the route of carpet tile, a nice option for basements due to ability to replace tiles in areas that get more extended use (without replacing the entire floor).

If, that is, you absolutely know your basement is water free. And is that really possible? Hey, if you're in a fairly new home with an ultra-tight basement, then carpet it shall be. Otherwise, there are some great options.

Of course, your degree of water issues doesn't have to, and shouldn't, totally influence your decision on basement flooring. Be sure to remember to consider the purpose of your basement.

If you're going to be using it as a new entertainment space, then the classy look of ceramic tile could be the answer. Creating a new music room? Laminate is the next best thing to carpet for acoustics. (Or as we mentioned before, if you know you're moisture-free, let there be carpet!)

Creating a retro space? Then why NOT a vinyl floor? Perhaps a cool, wild design to accompany your new mid-century furniture?

The choices are seemingly limitless for each of these floorcoverings. A ProSource Showroom expert can help you save a lot of time in choosing your new basement flooring, as well as suggesting a trade professional for this very challenging installation procedure.

Below-Ground Possibilities

In the last ten years or so, people have desired classic hardwood in the basement as they consider creating a new primary living space. Unfortunately, between leaky basements and the humidity inherent in below-ground level living, solid hardwood is not a good choice.

If you just can't live without the feel of true wood beneath your feet when you're beneath the ground, engineered hardwood is an option. Constructed of multiple perpendicular layers of wood, engineered hardwood has higher moisture resistance, significantly reducing the odds of warping. It's long-lasting, easy to clean and, of course, looks beautiful.

What about laminate flooring? If you must have the look of wood in your basement, laminate is a great choice. You get the benefits of wood without the possible problems of solid hardwood in a basement. Laminate is moisture resistant, easy to clean and is available in an amazing number of colors, designs and textures.

As the popularity of mid-century design continues to explode, both tile and stone are becoming more and more common throughout homes, including basements. Not that you have to "go retro" to enjoy the looks of these floorcoverings.

Resistant to water and easy to clean, the number of styles – from classic to contemporary; conventional to quirky – are hard to believe.

Speaking of tile, luxury vinyl tile – or LVT, as it's known – might be the ultimate choice for a basement. Available in styles that duplicate virtually any other flooring, LVT is also moisture resistant and easy to clean, and is easier on the feet than harder surfaces.

Last, but not least, there's sheet vinyl (old reliable, right?). If you're strictly looking to cover that old concrete floor in the basement (as well as try to avoid those age-old comments from the in-laws!); if still want a "new" basement with a touch of style; if you want something that's easy to clean; if moisture in the basement is always going to be an issue…it's hard to beat the value that vinyl delivers.

Whatever you desire for your basement floor, it can certainly be achieved. Start by perusing the inspiration images and add those you like to your myProSource Project Center. Then contact your local ProSource Showroom, whose experts can help you.

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