Basement flooring ideas – types, options, pros and cons

by Kremy

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Basement flooring can be very difficult to choose. The variety of flooring types is really big and we will give you some useful tips how to choose the right flooring for your basement. As basements are susceptible to moisture and cold, you have to decide what is suitable for your home. The type of flooring will depend on the purpose of the room – whether you plan to arrange a playroom, a home gym, an additional living space or a bedroom. The most popular cool basement designs and flooring options for basements are concrete, wood, tiles, carpet, laminate, cork or rubber.

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Like we said, the purpose of the basement will strongly influence the choice of flooring. If you plan to use your basement as a storage area, you would need a cost effective basement flooring and concrete or an epoxy coating will do the trick. Carpets, tiles or wood floors are a better option if you plan to use the basement area as extra living space. In these cases you have to make sure you have the right insulation and subflooring.

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Wood flooring undoubtedly gives a finished and sophisticated look to the space. Wood has a timeless look, it is durable and warm. However, natural wood can be damaged by moisture, or even rot, which means you have to have a solid subflooring so that wood is insulated.

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Laminate flooring is much cheaper, easy to install and maintain. Laminate is offered in a wide variety of colors and finishes and is much more water resistant than natural wood.

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Another idea for basement floors is to opt for cork flooring. Cork is a natural material, available in tiles or panels and very easy to install and in addition it is very durable. Again, it can be damaged by water and moisture, so you have to protect it by coating the subloor with a sealant.

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Floor tiles are among the most practical choice. They are easiest to maintain. Ceramic or porcelain tiles, both options are highly resistant to moisture, stains and wear.

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Carpet is one of the least recommended options for basement flooring as it absorbs moisture. It is more difficult to maintain as it retains stains and various marks. Carpet tiles are a better option as they can be easily replaced or removed if needed.

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Rubber flooring is most suitable for playrooms and home gyms as rubber floor tiles are very strong, they are not slippery and perfect for areas with high humidity.

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