If you’re looking to update your home’s basement, one of the many decisions you’ll have to make has to do with flooring. What choices do you have for basement flooring? Fortunately, you’ll be pleased to know that there are actually plenty of choices you can make. Ultimately, it comes down to your taste in interior decorating. Remember that basements tend to be wetter parts of your home – and a wet basement is unpleasant. Mold and flooding are other hazards you might encounter in your basement, and possible problems to contend with when you’re planning out new floors. What else should you consider when it comes to basement flooring?
Basement Flooring in General
In general, the type of flooring you choose will be determined by how much moisture you can expect in your basement. Vinyl basement flooring is a great choice. Not only is it easy to install, it is also incredibly waterproof. Since vinyl can’t be damaged by water, it is also much easier to take care of and clean if your basement does actually flood.
High or Medium Level Moisture
If your basement tends to have higher levels of moisture, you should choose either ceramic tile or vinyl flooring. While none of these materials are organic substances, they can repel water. Non-organic substances tend to be more waterproof than organic substances or materials are. Ceramic tile is particularly effective because water cannot penetrate beneath the layer of tile that is in place.
Vinyl and tile flooring are options here as well. In basements with low levels of moisture, you can also choose to install flooring made from various types of synthetic wood. Laminate flooring is another possibility as well. How can you tell if your basement has low levels of moisture? By using a dehumidifier. If a dehumidifier can effectively remove moisture in your basement, then it is safe to use wooden flooring. One more possibility is carpet flooring, but there is a major caveat to choosing carpet flooring. Although certain types of carpeting specifically engineered to be water resistant can be used in your basement, using generic carpet in your basement probably isn’t the best idea.
Other Basement Functions
What if you use your basement for other functions? If you have established a gym in your home, it will likely be in your basement. Likewise, if you are a yoga enthusiast, you might have also established a space in which to practice yoga. Or perhaps you have installed a home movie theater. This movie theater is probably located in your basement too, depending on how big the basement is.
For spaces dedicating to exercising, choose softer flooring that is easier to clean. However, you should avoid using carpet. Rubber flooring works for aerobic exercises and for yoga. If you have bulky and heavy gym equipment, such as weights for weight lifting, you might want to consider using a concrete floor instead.
Don’t use hard floors of any kind in a home movie theater. Hard floors will disperse sound and create jarring echoes that are unpleasant to sit through. One possible carpet you can select is known as low pile carpeting. This carpet will soak in sound while remaining easy to clean if it becomes soaked with water.
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