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6 Basement Flooring Ideas

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6 Basement Flooring Ideas

If you are wondering what to do with your basement flooring, you are in luck as there are numerous options available for this often-neglected yet important part of the home. Some prefer to leave their basement floor fairly plain while others go all out and use this portion of the home as a man cave or second living room. Let’s take a quick look at a few basement flooring ideas.

Concrete Flooring

Though concrete is cold to the touch and somewhat visually boring, people are warming to this flooring material. If you decide to go with concrete for your basement floor, do not assume it has to be raw and plain. A stained or painted concrete basement floor will look that much more visually striking. In some cases, painting is the sole means of concealing patches. Concrete is also favored as it can withstand a considerable amount of moisture, does not need a sub-floor and takes few materials compared to other flooring options.

Carpeting

Carpeting might not be the best choice for the bathroom yet it has its merits for your basement. Carpet is gaining favor as a basement flooring material as it is comfortable, warm and provides upward of a full decade of service. If you prefer, carpet squares can be installed as opposed to full carpeting from one end to the other. Carpet squares are thick, visually appealing and allow for easy replacement.

Carpeting is especially appealing as basements typically have less moisture compared to bathrooms. Once end-to-end carpeting is installed along with a robust sub-floor system, you will love spending time in your basement.

Rubber

Rubber floors are typically associated with fitness centers yet they are also an excellent option for home basements. If you have any intention of using your basement as an area for play, rubber is the ideal surface. Have interlocking rubber tiles installed and your final bill will be about the same as that for normal basement flooring. Rubber is soft, fares well against moisture and provides insulation against the otherwise-cold basement.

Laminate

Opt for waterproof laminate and you won’t have to worry about wood that has the potential to swell. Laminate is comparably warm thanks to its foam underlay. Rubber is also coveted as it absorbs sound better than most other types of flooring. Laminate’s layer graphics and comparably deep surface that allows for in-depth embossing make it quite the appealing basement floor option. However, laminate swells when subjected to water for an excessive period of time. If you are willing to run the risk of having to replace water-logged laminate flooring, this material is worth consideration.

Porcelain or Ceramic

Tile flooring features a finished surface as opposed to a raw one as used on the likes of concrete flooring. Porcelain’s finished surface is quite aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, there is no need to bother with extra treatment as required by concrete. Porcelain or ceramic tile can be directly installed on the concrete. It is also possible to add radiant heating between the tile and concrete to keep the floor warm. Your porcelain or ceramic floor will not rot or endure extensive damage when exposed to water. However, the temperature has the potential to be a problem unless radiant heating is added.

Plank Tiles

Porcelain tile the size of planks are not as susceptible to moisture as other basement flooring options. Plank tiles’ lovely graphics look exactly like real wood. If you are in the market for a durable surface that doesn’t show grout lines, boosts your home’s resale value yet does not prove vulnerable to water, give plank tiles serious consideration for your basement.

If you are considering options for your basement flooring, give the experts a call at Majestic Home Solutions.

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