The 5 Best Basement Flooring Options (Pros and Cons)
The quick-reference guide covers the five best flooring options for basements everywhere!
LVT Flooring (Pros and Cons)
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is a beautiful basement flooring option that can mimic many different textured surfaces such as wood and stone without carrying an absorbant cost. LVT is very easy to install (snapping in place or else glued), resistant to water, and difficult to scoff. However, LVT flooring does not last as long as some other flooring options like ceramic tiling.
Laminate Flooring (Pros and Cons)
Basement laminate flooring is a synthetic material that can look like wood, stone, or ceramic tile. It is cheaper than LVT, scratch and stain resistant, and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth when needed. However, this flooring option is not resistant to water and does not add as much value to the home as ceramic tile or stone.
Ceramic Tile (Pros and Cons)
Ceramic tile installs easily over concrete, looks elegant, and lasts virtually forever if well-maintained. Basement condensation can make the ceramic tiles slippery, however, but this can be offset with an anti-slip glazed finish. If the ceramic tile is ever damaged, it can be quite expensive to repair or replace.
Basement Carpet (Pros and Cons)
Carpet can add a limited degree of warmth and soundproofing to a basement. It’s also one of the cheapest below grade flooring options and can be very durable if well-maintained. On the other hand, carpets capture dust and can harvest mold; as such, carpets can’t get damp and aren’t always the best choice.
Concrete (Pros and Cons)
Concrete can be painted or stained for a cheap and visually-pleasing effect. It is good for areas of the basement that receive little foot traffic such as storage rooms. On the downside, concrete usually needs to be repainted or re-stained every 3-5 years.
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