The Best Basement Flooring Materials and Ideas from the Pros

Are you planning to redevelop your basement? Before you start imagining ways to fill the space, make sure you have solid flooring in place. After all, a basement has to be able to withstand a lot, from heavy foot traffic to potential flooding.

Most floor coverings can be used for the room—“except for solid hardwood,” says Jen Meska, Merchandising Manager at LL floor. “Solid hardwoods are more susceptible to moisture than other types of flooring and are generally not recommended for below-grade installation,” she explains.

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Whether your basement is partially or entirely below ground level (i.e. underground), it is important to choose a waterproof material, as laminate or vinyl. “Some excellent examples of LL Flooring include the lake geneva or Hickory of Saint Florent rigid vinyl planks,” she suggests. “These floors have an easy DIY installation, are easy to clean, and can stand up to families using the space for active recreation.”

And while solid hardwood flooring is a bad idea for basements, engineered hardwood is a good choice. “Homeowners often think they can’t install wood floors in their basements, but engineered hardwood is specifically designed to provide extra stability and is a great choice for lower levels of the home” , says Meska. “The added stability of engineered hardwood also means that each flooring plank can be longer and wider than traditional solid wood, so you’ll see more of the edgy looks in wood flooring. engineered hardwood.”

Many laminate and vinyl flooring options are easy to install with just a click, making them perfect for the avid do-it-yourselfer. (“Our Duravana Hybrid Resilient flooring is one of my favorites due to its high durability and ease of installation,” notes Meska.)

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Ultimately, your basement should match the rest of your home in style and quality. A big mistake that homeowners often make when updating their basement? “Without considering the comfort factor,” says Meska. “Basements tend to be cold underfoot, so it’s worth investing in a premium radiant heating system or underlayment!”

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