Best Flooring for Basement Renovations
Every homeowner wants to have a beautiful basement. Basements are associated with chilly air and extraneous moisture. Keep in mind that getting a perfect floor for your basement can be a challenging task though this can be realized with a few home renovations tricks.
Perhaps you want to create a warm, bright, living area in the underground out of a hole. It is possible but it’s somewhat unnatural. The cold and moisture increase as you go down into your basement. As a result, the cold and moisture significantly influence your choice of basement flooring.
Basements usually have lots of moisture in the air even when you have planned to have the whole underground finished. For this reason, you need a material that not only looks attractive but can also withstand moisture.
To reduce the amount of humidity in the air in your basement, consider adding a dehumidifier in your basement. It rids off extra moisture in the air and allows you to use the material you want for your basement flooring.
Porcelain and laminate tiles as well as concrete are among the best materials to consider. This is because they work better than carpet. However, depending on the state of your floor, carpet also can make good flooring.
Here are some of the materials that work well for basement flooring:
Over the years, concrete flooring has become more popular. You can make patterns on your concrete floors, have them stamped or have a colored floor by including colored dyes in the mix. Concrete is an excellent choice for basement flooring. It has the ability to withstand wetness and moisture and that is why it’s used in most garages. You only need to make sure it is sealed properly; if it is not sealed, the concentration of the cold verses the heat can make it crack and it’s difficult to repair once cracked.
Consider placing porcelain tiles in areas of high traffic even if you don’t desire to make the entire basement porcelain. It withstands high foot traffic which is why it is considered the best material for basements, hallways, and kitchens.
Laminate does well in areas of your house that have high moisture concentration. As long as there is no flooding, laminate will be okay if you use it in your basement. Make sure there is a moisture barrier in the floor beneath. This protects the flooring against moisture.
Most manufacturers offer a very thin and dense cushion that works as an insulator and which quiets down the laminate sound. However, do not purchase cheap laminate thinking it will work; low quality laminate flooring is very hard to repair. The laminate basement flooring is specifically made to withstand basement moisture and purchasing the wrong grade will cause problems.
If your basement floor is concrete, carpet can be a good choice. This is because it allows moisture emissions to escape from the floor of your basement. It has excellent insulating capability and is less expensive. The best choice for basement carpeting is a reasonably priced quality carpet which can serve you for at least 10 years.