When it’s time for new flooring in your basement, there are a number of important things to consider. The key items are the moisture level of the space and the design of the room. At Floor Coverings International Shallotte, we especially encourage customers to consider the environment of their basement and decide on a floor that will last. Here in the Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James area, our proximity to the waterfront means that it’s a good chance your basement is prone to some level of moisture. Luckily, we have lots of exerpience helping homeowners choose a water-resistant floor for their basements.
The Challenges of a Basement
Typically, a basement’s air is quite humid. Basements are often below grade in Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James area homes, which also makes them prone to leaks or the occasional flood. When you are in your basement, you might not be able to see the moisture that’s present, but your walls and floors are in contact with it at all times. Water wicked away from a concrete basement wall can measure out to numerous gallons per day! This is a big part of why you should choose your flooring carefully. If you choose something like carpet or hardwood that is susceptible to water damage and mold, the lifespan of your floor will be much shorter. We recommend choosing a waterproof or water-resistant floor that will last through leaks, flooding and daily moisture.
Another major challenge in designing a basement is finding a way to open up a dark space. Even if you have daylight basement with small windows, the amount of light reaching the room will be minimal. It’s important to stick with flooring in light colors, and avoid loud patterns in your basement. Light, simple flooring designs will help make a room feel bigger and more open.
Your Flooring Options
You have a lot of options to choose from when deciding on new flooring for your basement. Here are a few of our favorite choices, with a few of the important reasons why we recommend them:
Tile is often installed in bathrooms and laundry rooms precisely because of its ability to resist moisture. Once finished with a glaze, many types of tile are totally impermeable and won’t be damaged by moisture, even for years to come. Some of the most popular styles include ceramic, slate and travertine. The one downside to stone tile is that it’s a relatively cold flooring material. You can always add an area rug to warm the space up.
If you want the look of stone tile or even hardwood, but with a shorter installation and lower cost, luxury vinyl could be a great option for your basement. Keep in mind it’s not as durable and won’t add the same value, but it is a lot warmer underfoot than stone, and there are a ton of design options to choose from.
If you were really hoping to install carpet in your basement for the added warmth, a low-pile berber carpet would be the best option. These tight-knit carpets are much more water resistant than plush carpet.
If you love the look and feel of wood, we would recommend trying an engineered hardwood floor. Engineered hardwood is able to expand and contract in small amounts as moisture levels fluctuate. This can help to avoid warping that’s often seen in water damaged hardwood.
Like luxury vinyl, laminate floors are created in a huge range of colors and designs. They are finished with a water-resistant layer that helps prevent moisture damage. Laminate is another great option if you want the look of hardwood in your basement.
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