If you’ve changed your basement flooring, the recent snowstorm may have taught you a thing or two: you either made an excellent decision, or wasted your money on flooring that now has to be thrown away due to flooding. It’s not easy on any basement, even the most iron-clad to absorb that much snow, plus rain, plus warm air that melts all that snow quicker than the soil can take it in. However, if you’ve made the right decision on your flooring, you may not have to worry too much about your basement.
Questions You Should Ask First
Before you can decide on a type of flooring you have to first ask yourself, and your home, these questions:
Does my basement flood regularly?
Is there existing flooring?
Do I need to make repairs to my basement (cracks, etc.) before I can lay a new flooring down?
You will need to take care of these issues before you can begin shopping for new flooring. As you tick off the answers to those questions, you will also need to ask of your new flooring:
Will this flooring dry out easily? For example, ceramic tile dries out quite easily and does quite well in basements, but that doesn’t rule out laminate or wood. It’s just better with water damage. Also, you’ll have to assess whether you will need a foam underlay or will the flooring be installed directly onto concrete slab. Sometimes, you may need to have a sub-floor installed. This is an assessment one of our flooring experts will help you in finding.
Vinyl flooring is also known as resilient flooring and ranks up there with concrete and ceramic as one of the better choices available. Vinyl comes in either sheet or tile form, and with the newest advances in vinyl, you can achieve really any look you want without having to worry about it getting ruined. The cost of vinyl varies from quite affordable to slightly expensive (with luxury vinyl), and is also considered to be warmer to the touch than ceramic or concrete, however, it does need a very clean, smooth surface to adhere properly.
Yes, porcelain is not known for being a very strong or sturdy material; however porcelain tile in long narrow planks looks almost exactly like wood, is waterproof, extremely modern looking and is highly desirable in today’s design world. Yes, it is expensive, and cold to the touch, however, with radiant heating, it will pay for itself in the end!
Most people would scoff at the idea of putting carpet in a bathroom or kitchen because of the moisture implications, so why are so many ready to put carpet in a basement that is susceptible to flooding? If your basement is generally bone-dry, with the installation of a sub-floor, you can make carpeting work.
Next week we will finish off our list of basement flooring, however, if you’re ready to make the plunge to finish that basement, consider contacting one of our specialists where you can get the whole list at once, and find the best option for you!