Flooring For Your Basement: What Are Your Options And How To Choose?

7 October 2015
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Are you looking to remodel your basement, but all you have down there is a cold, cement floor? That will not do. What are you flooring options and how do you decide which option is your best choice?

What Will the Space be Used For?

Before you even start researching the options, you should first know exactly what you plan to do with the area. Depending on what the space is going to be remodeled into could very easily lead you to the type of flooring you should use. Will this become a space for small children or rambunctious teens? Are you making it a tranquil escape for you and your significant other? Will it be your new study? Once you have this figured out, you will narrow your options down drastically.


Tile is probably the best option for most basements since they have the unfortunate tendency to flood from time to time. Most tile flooring is water-proof. The biggest things you should consider when going with tile is how much you want to spend and what the space will be used for.

Peel-and-stick vinyl tile is a super easy to install and you can do it yourself. It comes in a variety of colors and designs, is typically the cheapest tile option, and easy to clean, so it would be perfect for a play room.

Luxury vinyl tile is another option. Though it is made out of vinyl, which makes it remarkably easy to clean, this type of tile is designed to look like a more expensive material, such as ceramic, stone, or wood. This would be a great option for a room you want to give a little extra wow-factor.

Ceramic tile is the most expensive option available for basement flooring, but it is highly durable and easy to clean. This would be perfect for that room you are wanting to entertain in and impress your friends. 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood should not be confused with solid hardwood. Solid hardwood should never be installed in a basement because the fluctuation with humidity usually associated with basements will have a negative effect on solid wood. Engineered hardwood is a great option for those who would like a wood floor finish.

The material comes in a variety of finishes and textures. It is very easy to clean and can last a long time. However, if you have a basement that is prone to flooding, this is not the flooring you should use. This type of flooring can get wet, but if it is submerged for any length of time, it can ruin the floor.

Remodeling your basement can be a very exciting and stressful event. Having an idea of exactly what the room will be used for should help you decide what type of basement flooring will work best for you and your family. 

For professional flooring options, contact a company such as Surplus Sales.