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The Top 5 Flooring Materials for Basements

Choosing basement flooring is a tricky business. Basements tend to get dark, cold, and damp. Since they are below ground level, they are prone to high moisture levels that can cause rotting and molding. When it comes to basements, not every flooring material will do. With durability, comfort, water resistance, aesthetics, and ease of installation in mind, here are five of the best flooring choices for basements:

1. Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)

When it comes to durability, LVP is on top of the list. Designed to withstand years of rough usage, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are extremely durable. Vinyl is highly liquid- and moisture-resistant, so your basement’s moisture won’t lead to any mold growth. LVP comes in a wide variety of colors that will complement any decor or paint as well.

2. Carpet

Carpets have come a long way in their application and cost. If you want your basement to be warm and cozy, consider carpet tiles.

Ideally, you should install carpets if your basement is dry and not prone to flooding. Secondly, you do not want to install carpet directly on the concrete surface. That would lead to summertime mustiness because the humid air can pass through the carpet to the concrete floor and cool into fine droplets of water. Instead, always install the carpet on a water-resistant subfloor.

3. Engineered Wood

If you want the look and feel of a traditional wood floor in your basement, then engineered wood is the way to go. While solid wood flooring isn’t suitable for basements, engineered wood carries the same look while being more durable and water impervious. It has a thick layer of solid wood on top of layered plywood. Unlike solid wood, it doesn’t warp under moist conditions because the plywood can expand and contract with temperature changes.

4. Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are tough, cost-effective, and attractive, making them a great choice for a basement. But there are a couple of considerations to note before installing tiles. First, you shouldn’t install ceramic tiles directly on a concrete floor. Although they are waterproof, moisture can still seep underneath the tiles, and mold can grow. To install a moisture barrier, place a water-resistant subfloor first. Second, tiles are susceptible to cracking over concrete because concrete contracts and expands at a different rate than ceramic. In any case, you want to have some replacement tiles handy.

5. Rubber Flooring

Rubber tiles or sheets are super resilient. They make an ideal choice for playrooms, gym, laundry, and utility areas. They’re easy to clean, waterproof, comfortable, and durable. The interlocking tiles can be easily reconfigured after installing.

The professionals at GS Flooring can help you find the best basement floor option and take care of everything from design to completion, so your basement can look its best.