If you are going to renovate a house or move into a new home, then you probably have many questions in mind: from the flooring in each room to the furnishings and overall interior. Make sure you think of the flooring in the basement as well. The location is more specific and you have to consider the flooring that you will install there.

What are the factors in choosing the best types of basements and damp flooring?

Basements are rooms that many times are damp, dark, cold and can be flooded. Many people make the mistake of putting on the cheapest flooring because the place is not particularly visible. However, such a compromise should not be made, because, in the event of an accident or the first more serious wetting, you will need to repair or replace it again. We know that the process of choosing a basement floor can be difficult, but in the next few paragraphs, we will try to help you in making the right choice for your home. 

Factors to consider

Budget

There are many options for laying concrete flooring. However, the higher the quality of the floor, as well as the availability of additional features (thickness, noise insulation, etc.), the higher the price. You need to calculate how many boards (square footage or linear feet) you will need to estimate how much you will need to spend on the basement floor.

This is the paramount factor that you need to start exploring and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of flooring in any price range. However, keep in mind that in most cases the higher price may be worth it because it is possible to open a double job and to get more expensive if you price too low on the flooring.

How will you use the basement?

It is important to determine the purpose of the basement. This is the first step before you begin to look and choose the flooring for your home. Think carefully about how you intend to adapt it and make the right decision.

There are many options, but you may want to ask yourself some of these basic questions:

  • Will you be using the basement for a game room?
  • If you have small children, will they be rolling on the floor and running around the room and playing in there?
  • Do you plan to have fitness equipment in the basement?
  • Do you plan on it being your family room?
  • Will you use it as an office?
  • Will it be used for storage or as a laundry room?
  • Will it be adapted as more of your home, like a guest room?

Who will use the basement?

The purpose of the basement is an important factor for choosing a basement floor, but also who will be using it. It makes a difference whether it will be you, having it for an office, whether you will welcome guests there, your young children or teenagers will be constantly around, etc. 

Again, here are several questions that you need to answer:

  • Should the flooring be waterproofed?
  • Is the basement wet or has it leaked before?
  • Is there a risk of water damage and flooding?
  • Is the softness of the floor in the room important?
  • What is the type of the main flooring – plywood, concrete or other?
  • Is the floor even?
  • At what level is the floor?
  • What should be the temperature of the room?

Remember that the best choice for a basement floor is an individual decision according to the priorities and needs of each family and every budget. All of these questions will give you some guidance before you make a final decision on the type of flooring for your basement. 

basement flooring selection

Floor Basket Options for Your Basement

After you have already answered the questions above, you should carefully look at the types of flooring that will best benefit you and your family. Below are a large selection of choices, with their advantages and disadvantages. 

Here are the best deals:

Engineered Vinyl Planks or Tiles Reasonably

Advantages:

  • Cheap price
  • Waterproof
  • look good
  • look more natural
  • more durable 
  • highly abrasive
  • Thicken with insulation function

Disadvantages:

  • High cost for installation compared to other vinyl floorings.
  • Not suitable for placement on uneven floors

 

Sheet vinyl

Advantages:

  • Low cost, perhaps one of the cheapest and massive options for flooring.
  • Water does not penetrate the flooring.
  • Creates greater thermal insulation than concrete floors or terracotta.

Disadvantages:

  • Requires preliminary preparation for flooring installation
  • Seems simple and inexpensive
  • Installation difficult to install on its own

Glue down vinyl planks or tiles

Advantages:

  • Able to be laid on more floors
  • A high degree of water resistance
  • There is a slight thermal insulation

Disadvantages:

  • The cheaper options are not waterproof. Also, cheaper adhesives can worsen the condition of the floor very quickly.
  • Some of the options available look pretty cheap once installed/
  • Average option for insulation
  • Needs professional opinion to calculate the proper size and placement of the floor.

 

Tile plank floors, ceramic or porcelain tiles

Advantages:

  • Durability
  • Waterproof
  • A good investment that enhances your property

 

Disadvantages:

  • High price
  • No insulation, which is an indication of a cold room
  • No soundproofing
  • Not a suitable floor for play and training

 

Rubber flooring/rubber interlocking gym tiles

Advantages:

  • Waterproof
  • Suitable flooring for gyms
  • Easy to install
  • Quick-drying, making it particularly suitable for wet rooms

Disadvantages:

  • The color shades are dark, which is not very suitable for the basement, which is generally dark, cold and wet
  • They are heavyweight, which can greatly increase shipping costs. Check prices before You order.

natural carpetCarpet

Advantages:

  • Less expensive flooring option if you choose a more ordinary/standard carpet
  • Creates softness and warmth.
  • It can be easily laid on uneven floors.

Disadvantages:

  • Cleaned more often and more difficult.
  • Carpets are not waterproof and do not withstand high humidity, but form mold.
  • It’s not as long-term an investment as hardwood flooring.

Carpet tiles

Advantages:

  • It can add a lot to the beautiful interior color.
  • Easy to replace.
  • Typically, they are characterized by more durable mold, mold and dust mites. Moisture absorption is minimal

Disadvantages:

  • Higher cost than a carpet that covers the entire floor. On the other hand, it is a cheaper option than hardwood flooring.
  • More specific installation. Care must be taken with the adhesive to avoid leaving a wet area.

 

Stained concrete or acid etched floors

Advantages:

  • High moisture resistance.
  • No need to put pads under it.
  • Can bring great contrast to the basement interior.

Disadvantages:

  • Requires more floor preparation (leveling).
  • Difficulty in installation, which increases the cost of installation.
  • No soundproofing
  • A hard floor that does not create comfort when walking on it.

hardwood flooring installationEngineered hardwood floors

Advantages:

  • Increases the value of your property.
  • Thermal insulation with greater thickness of the panels.

No leftovers:

  • Honey investment.
  • Unable to grinding and repair.
  • most often requires preparation of footings.
  • Lack of water resistance lasts only slightly wet but significantly damaged when excessive moisture.

Interlocking raised modular vinyl or carpet tiles

Advantages:

  • Relatively cheap investment
  • Easy installation directly on concrete

Disadvantages:

  • The floor looks very ordinary
  • It is difficult to find exactly such flooring

As you can see, almost any type of flooring can be placed in the basement in your home. Some are recommended and some are not, but it is always your choice as the homeowner.  You should make the optimum choice according to your main preferences for interior, durability, and price. You need to consider the main purpose of the room because it makes a huge difference whether it will be a type of bedroom, a typical room for storing unnecessary belongings or a sports and play area for children.