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What are the Different Types of Basement Flooring?

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers

Considering the number of uses a basement could have, it should come as no surprise that there are myriad types of flooring available. The most common types range from simple concrete and laminate to tile and carpet. The final decision of what kind of basement flooring to have often depends on both the budget and expected uses of the room.

One of the most common kinds of basement flooring is concrete. Homeowners who use their basement primarily as a storage area typically use concrete since it is generally cheap and durable. It might look boring to some, but it can be painted different colors to add originality.

Cement is often used to make basement floors.
Cement is often used to make basement floors.

If the basement is to be used often, as a game room or office for example, more attractive flooring can be recommended. Hardwood laminate is a popular choice as it can make the space look more livable while still being durable. This type of basement flooring does need a little more care than concrete. Though it is considered mostly resistant to moisture buildup, some ventilation is advised since mildew can still appear after a few years.

Some homeowners prefer ceramic tile as their basement flooring. It typically looks nice as many types include intricate patterns. It also helps protect the floor from moisture buildup. Tile is not recommended if heavy items will be dragged or stored in the area, but one positive trait is that broken tiles typically can be easily replaced.

If the basement will be used as a bedroom, entertainment room, or guest room, carpet can add a soft, cozy touch. Typically, carpet should not be installed directly on top of concrete, but instead on top of laminate or tile. This is because carpet is prone to moisture buildup, more so than the other types of basement flooring. Even if it is not installed directly on concrete, homeowners who want carpet typically need to have a dehumidifier in the room, particularly if they live in a humid climate.

There is also temporary basement flooring that is usually cheaper and less permanent than other types. This can be a great alternative for people who don't plan to stay in the home for long, or renters who don't want to put their money into their landlord's house. This type includes linoleum, which comes in a roll and can be tacked down. Rubber or foam mats are also useful in that they are usually both waterproof and temporary.

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    • Cement is often used to make basement floors.
      By: Lilyana Vynogradova
      Cement is often used to make basement floors.