Your Best Bet For Basement Flooring
Take a moment and think about the flooring in the rooms in your home. You have hardwood in the kitchen, dining area and living area, tile in the bathrooms and carpet in the bedrooms.
But, what about your basement? It is often one of the last spaces a homeowner thinks about when it comes to flooring. Though many other living spaces in your home may be initially more important to you, give thought to what the best type of basement floor is for your situation.
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Before taking any steps with your flooring, it is essential to first asses the condition of your basement. Is it moisture proof?
If your basement allows moisture into the space, it will likely ruin any floor your choose. To check, you can tape a plastic sheet tightly against several areas of the concrete foundation. After a day or so, look to see if any moisture accumulated underneath the plastic sheet. If there is moisture seeping up from your basement floor, you should call a professional to take care of the problem – which will likely involve the installation of a vapor guard – before ever installing your floor.
When you inspect the floor for seepage, it is important to check your walls as well. Any area where excessive moisture can enter and cause standing water is a problem.
Finally, before your lay flooring, be sure your foundation is smooth. Any bumps or dips in the foundation will likely cause problems later on when you lay your flooring.
Pick Your Basement Flooring
The type of flooring you choose for your basement will depend on personal preference as well as potential weather factors. The classic basement flooring is a simple cement floor, which you can use paint or stains to create different patterns. Cement flooring prevents worry over potential flooding or excessive rain.
If you live in high humidity areas, linoleum or vinyl flooring is a great selection. They are easy to install and can brighten up a basement with affordable design options.
Though more expensive than linoleum or vinyl, ceramic and porcelain tile are perfect choices for a basement as well. Not only do ceramic and porcelain have water-resistant properties, but with a variety of styles, shapes and colors you can make a statement in your basement. Check for cracks in your basement before installing tile as these will also cause cracks in your new floor.
Like any other room in your home, compare and contrast your options when you are shopping for basement flooring. With the right floor, your basement may be the first room in your home you think of as opposed to one of the last.