The basement is one of the most important parts of a home, but the most overlooked one. In most households, it’s relegated to a storage area and nothing more. Well, the basement can be used for many other reasons such as converting it into a recreational space, a wet bar or even a guest room. Well, what you intend to use the basement for will play a significant role in deciding the type of floor you should install. That said, there’s a plethora or basement flooring available, their purposes as well as their ups and downs. Here are some of them:
Plain concrete flooring is what you will come across in most people’s basements. Concrete flooring is usually an ideal option for individuals who wish to use the basement as a place to store their stuff. It’s also an excellent flooring material for basements that receive a lot of traffic, with individuals hauling stuff to and from it. Therefore, concrete flooring is also best for homeowners who have decided to set up a home workshop right in the basement. The flip side of plain concrete is that it lacks an aesthetic value.
This is perhaps the easiest way to dress up your basement. Unlike concrete, carpeting is not ideal if the basement will receive a significant amount of traffic, or people dragging heavy objects across the surface all the time. However, it is an excellent option if you plan to use the basement for storing relatively small items that do not need to be dragged across the surface. However, you will need an air dehumidifier because the moisture down there will lead to mold build up in the carpet.
This is an especially ideal flooring type for basements that have converted into another room of the house. This means that instead of using it as a storage room, you will turn it into a function room, a music room, a game room, a library or anything else. The reason hardwood laminate is ideal for such is because it’s warm, welcoming and attractive. However, keep in mind that for this type of flooring, you are going to need an excellent ventilation system due to the inevitable moisture buildup. If the basement with laminate hardwood floor is not well ventilated, the moisture will ultimately destroy the wood.
Ceramic tiles are an ideal alternative to concrete flooring. However, this material is not a good option for basements that will regularly have heavy objects being dragged in and out of the room. However, it is a perfect choice for basements that will be converted into a room for placing washing and drying machines. Moisture is inevitable in most basements as a result of the humid air running beneath the house. As such, it makes sense to install a ceramic tile floor so that it protects it from water damage.
So, there you have it, the most common basement flooring options that might be ideal for you if you are looking to replace or upgrade your basement for any function. It’s wise to go with a floor that can withstand the activities and the conditions of your basement.