We all know basements—cold, dark, and sometimes, damp. But you shouldn’t let those stereotypes keep you from making it a livable space. A finished basement is the perfect addition to your home, whether it’s a playroom for the kids, a new exercise room, or even a home office. No matter what you choose, finishing your basement is key to taking advantage of all the square footage your home has to offer.
And your first step in building a fresh, new basement? The floors. You’ll need something durable and water-resistant—floors that can really expect the unexpected. From tile to carpet to luxury vinyl, let’s find a basement floor that’ll freshen up the space so you can start enjoying it.
Ceramic tile is an excellent option for basements. To start, it’s highly durable and resistant to moisture, making it perfect for a room that may take on water—whether it’s from an aging water heater or an overzealous rainstorm. Plus, tile is not susceptible to mold or mildew. It’s easily applied on smooth concrete, making the install process quite simple. And, it comes in a variety of styles and colors, so no matter your preference, you can find something that works for you. Whether it’s a vibrant color to brighten up the room or a hardwood look to match the rest of your home, ceramic tile is a basement’s best friend.
If tile is too cold for you, a waterproof carpet will do just the trick. Because this carpet has the fiber technology and a waterproof backing, it’s perfect to handle a water leak. Before installing the carpet, preparations must be made, but utilize a professional for proper installation. Carpet tiles are also a nice choice because if water damage does occur, you can replace only the tiles affected rather than the entire floor. Waterproof carpet or carpet tile are ideal because they warm up the room, making your space more inviting to all.
Whether you’re looking for a wood or tile look, luxury vinyl has it covered at a great price. Vinyl floors are waterproof so they can withstand everthing from a leaky pipe to a minor flood with no repercussions. Some luxury vinyl is also known to be a bit softer underfoot compared to other flooring options, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a wood or tile style. As long as it’s properly installed, luxury vinyl is truly an “everthing-proof” solution for the basement.
This is the latest and greatest flooring option for your basement. Waterproof hardwood has a truly natural hardwood veneer with a vinyl core. The veneer is sealed to the core, making it waterproof. Species options are just as wide with waterproof hardwood as with traditional hardwood. This eliminates any excuse to not have the natural beauty of hardwood in your basement.