Basement flooring is an important component of basement finishing, basement renovation and basement remodel. However, basement flooring requires some special considerations, and should be chosen carefully. The primary practical concern with basement flooring is flooding, whether natural or man-made. Any basement flooring should be waterproof and able to dry out with little or no damage in the event of a flood.
The following options are ideal for basement flooring. Your decision will depend upon your home’s design, your personal preferences, your finished basement’s intended usage and your budget.
Concrete, whether painted or stained, is the most simple basement flooring option. Stained concrete is increasingly popular, and inexpensive and easy to care for. However, concrete is the coldest flooring option, and some homeowners still prefer more traditional flooring.
Tile is an excellent option for finished basements, as it is highly waterproof, can be installed directly on the slab with uncoupling membrane, can be heated and is considered to be a fully finished surface. Tile and grout color can also be selected to match any decor or color scheme.
Vinyl, or resilient, flooring, is another excellent option as it is waterproof and easy to maintain. Sheet vinyl flooring yields a uniform surface that is impervious to standing water, while tile vinyl flooring gives a look similar to ceramic tile but can be problematic if standing water remains for long. Vinyl flooring is also more economical in comparison to tile.
Laminate flooring offers a variety of designs and colors and can be waterproof and non-waterproof. You should follow manufacturer recommendation for which areas the particular laminate is used best. Laminate flooring must be installed over a sub-floor so is warmer than other options, but can also cause a hollow feeling under your feet.
Carpeting may be preferred particularly for basement apartments, as it allows a plush, homey feeling and is the warmest flooring option. However, carpeting can be difficult to dry out in the event of a severe flood, so this option should be carefully considered.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Traditional wood flooring can be a dangerous option for basement flooring, as any flooding will cause catastrophic damage. However, engineered wood flooring consists of a real wood veneer glued over a plywood base, and is waterproof in light flooding. This is one of the most attractive basement flooring options, but is relatively expensive.
Flooring dramatically impacts a room’s decor and general ambiance, so should be chosen carefully. Moreover, basement flooring has some practical needs that must be taken into account. Discuss potential options with your basement remodeling contractor to find the best fit for your project. Many Toronto basement renovation specialists are available to assist you in your basement remodel.