The 4 Best Basement Flooring Options
Updated: Nov 12, 2019
With its reputation for being damp, moist and cold, it’s no wonder that you’re leery about installing flooring in your basement – and it’s understandable! If given the opportunity, mould, mildew and other bacteria thrive in the unique environment presented in rooms located below grade. The wrong flooring choice only encourages this to happen and can potentially lead to health-related issues.
Wondering what type of flooring is best suited for your basement and won’t harm your health? Here are four of the best flooring materials to consider when renovating your basement.
By providing major benefits including being moisture-proof, maintenance-free and durable, it’s no wonder that vinyl is a popular basement flooring option.
Priced inexpensively, vinyl flooring is available in both sheet and tile/plank form ranging from $1 - $5 per sq. ft. A smooth surface preparation or the use of a thicker grade of vinyl is necessary to eliminate unsightly and possibly damaging concrete imperfections.
Installed directly on-top of prepared concrete, vinyl can tolerate minor flooding while creating no ill effects. Comfortable underfoot, vinyl flooring can even look similar to ceramic tile, stone and authentic wood.
An added bonus? Certain types of self-sticking vinyl can be easily installed yourself, saving you the cost of installation!
Constructed in a similar manner to engineered wood flooring, laminate is available in varieties that are moisture-resistant and suitable for basements. Because this waterproof laminate lacks any wood content, it does not swell and expand if water contact occurs.
With looks that are similar to wood, stone and ceramic tile, laminate planks and tiles easily connect together and float over the concrete on a foam pad. Installed, laminate costs approximately $7 - $10 per sq. ft. and is one of the warmer basement flooring options available.
3. Ceramic Tile
Extremely durable, ceramic tile is water-resistant flooring that’s directly installed over concrete slabs in basements. Although its glazed, anti-slip coating ensures water penetration is prevented, a water barrier layer can be installed for extra prevention. If a flood does happen, ceramic tile’s ability to dry out and never rot is advantageous.
When the grout is treated annually with a water barrier sealant, ceramic tile will not experience mould or mildew problems.
Ceramic is available in numerous varieties, sizes and colours including some that even mimic wood. If installed in basements that will be used frequently, radiant heat can be installed above the concrete to warm the tile’s surface.
With its ability to provide warmth and comfort underfoot, it’s no wonder that carpet is often installed in basements. As one of the most affordable and easiest options to install, carpeting a typical 600 sq. ft. space costs approximately $1,200 - $2,400 installed.
For additional moisture prevention, invest in a moisture-resistant underpad. Although considerably more expensive than a standard underpad, it can provide extra reassurance against moisture caused by dampness, liquid spills and pets.
Planning on using your basement as a playroom or family room? Carpet is known for its soundproofing capabilities – perfect for keeping those loud video games and movies under control!
Making Basement Flooring Decisions Easy
With the right flooring choice, your basement can easily be transformed into additional square footage for you and your family to enjoy.