Every area of a home or business is a little bit different. This makes the flooring requirements change with every space. One area in particular that has its own unique set of needs is the basement. Here at Floor Coverings International Seminole we often help customers in the Clearwater, Seminole & Largo area choose the right flooring for their basement. These tips will help you decide what flooring material is right for your basement.
Things to Consider
Moisture – Most basements are below grade. This means the levels of moisture will be much higher than other areas of your home. The amount of moisture wicked off of concrete sub floors and walls can amount to multiple gallons per day! Over time, this causes mold and mildew build-up in certain types of flooring.
Standing Water – Your basement will be the first place affected by flooding or leaks. If an accident occurs, the standing water left behind can do serious damage to your floors.
Warmth – When people think of basements, they often think of a cold, uninviting space. While this is not an accurate way to think of all basements, it is true that they are often colder than other areas of the home.
Here are a few of the flooring materials that we suggest to our customers most often.
Engineered Hardwood – Made from thin layers of wood and fiberboard with a durable finish, engineered hardwood is a lot more resistant to moisture changes than solid hardwood.
Laminate Flooring – Laminate is finished with a durable wear layer that helps resist damage from moisture. It is also constructed from thin layers like engineered wood. This allows the floor to expand and contract with changing moisture levels without warping.
Stone Tile – Natural tiles like ceramic, slate or granite are incredibly durable flooring materials. They are also virtually waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about damage from moisture or leaks.
Luxury Vinyl – The luxury vinyl flooring of today does an amazing job of imitating natural tile and wood flooring. You can also find styles that are waterproof, so moisture damage won’t be a concern.
Berber Carpet – Low pile berber carpets feature small fibers that are better at resisting moisture damage than other carpet options. They are also quite durable and warm underfoot.
If you want to learn more about these or other flooring materials, contact us today at Floor Coverings International Seminole!