What flooring options do I have for my basement?
The considerations for flooring in a lower level can be complicated. One needs to consider how concrete radiates the cold dampness issues and the possibility of water damage. Heated concrete floors also will dictate what flooring can be used. Laminate floorings and engineered hardwoods create a more sophisticated look and can coordinate the lower level to hardwood that may be on the main level. Make sure the concrete floor is level and will have an approved moisture barrier before laying the flooring. Check that the products chosen are rated for basement applications and if applicable are rated for radiant heated floors. Linoleum flooring comes in a variety of patterns, even wood looks with grain texturing that can look very realistic. Linoleum can offer more warmth under foot and the advantages of being applied in large sheets means few seams to contend with. Many problems are not glued permanently to the floor making removal if required far easier. Vinyl plank with the natural look of hardwood is growing in popularity with many products being rated as waterproof or water resistant. Tis product is aimed to the do it yourself market. Cork as antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties making it ideal for basements. Cork comes in a wide variety of patterns, colors and qualities. Cork is soft, quiet under foot and warm to the touch. Ceramic and porcelain tiles can be used in areas that may have more moisture to contend with but without radiant heating or subfloors installed, you will have the problem of cold being transferred from the concrete. Heat mats or cable systems can be installed to add warmth to tiled floors. Carpet can be used with a firm, dense under cushion to give warmth to a room and helps deaden noise levels; very popular in theatre rooms. Whatever your needs, choosing an appropriate product for a lower level can still result in a durable and beautiful floor.