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What Type of Flooring Should Go in Your Remodeled Basement?

The basement is often the space in your house that gets the least amount of love. If you live in the Northeast, your basement may be a dank, dark moldy area that you’d rather avoid at all costs. But if you’d like to add real usable square footage to your home and create a warm, inviting, livable space in your basement, there are endless possibilities.

Define your goal

It’s important to have a plan. What would you like to transform your basement into? An extra living room? A home movie theater? An in-law or guest suite? A sports bar and recreation room? What you choose to do will affect all of your décor decisions, including what type of flooring you’ll want to install.

For instance, if you’re going for a sports bar look, you may want a darker floor to complement the architectural elements. If you’d like to lighten up what you believe is too dark a space and convert it into an open and airy living room, you’ll want to go with a lighter toned floor.

Floor materials

With basements, however, you’ll face some extra challenges that you may not have in other rooms of your house. For example, the basement is the area where moisture is most likely to get trapped. It can be a constant problem in many basements, which is why there is often a musty smell down there. Water or moisture infiltration can be a tough issue and must be addressed before you install any flooring. Proneness to moisture should be among the leading factors in the type of flooring you choose.

If your basement is especially prone to dampness, you might consider Luxury Vinyl Tile, which gives you the look and feel of wood or stone, and is able to resist moisture damage much easier than hardwood floors. Vinyl tile is also resistant to warping, making it a good choice for basements.

Another option is a cement floor, usually good for contemporary spaces. Or you could add carpeting for a warmer looking space. Again, you’ll want to take great care with the sub-flooring you choose underneath the carpet.

Preventing dampness in your basement

You’ll need to make sure that your foundation is properly sealed before installing any type of flooring in your basement. This means that all cracks, potential leaks, and porous materials like cement are all painted and sealed.

If moisture is NOT an issue

Are you one of those lucky homeowners whose basement never smells musty? If water isn’t a problem for you, there are many more flooring choices available, including hardwood. For an open, airy look, consider maple, a “light wood” that will give you an elegant and warm look. Hickory and oak also make a room appear cozy and inviting. Darker woods, such as walnut or mahogany, will create a space that looks more refined and elegant.

For basements, you should consider engineered hardwood floors because their construction makes them less susceptible to changes in temperatures and humidity. Engineered wood has a top veneer of real wood with layers of plywood underneath. They too can be impacted by standing water, so it’s best to use if you’re sure you won’t have any moisture issues.

If you’d like more information on what types of flooring are most practical for certain rooms in your house, contact us today for a consultation. Sequoia Ltd. has all of your flooring needs covered!