If you're in the process of finishing your basement to make it into a nice living space, one aspect you'll need to decide on is what kind of flooring you want to use. A basement brings different considerations for what works best within the space. That's because basements tend to be cooler than the rest of the home and have the potential for water to get inside. With these things in mind, here are some options for flooring to coincide with your basement.
A popular basement flooring choice with homeowners is carpeting. It definitely makes a basement feel more inviting, since the carpeting feels soft on your bare feet at you walk across it. Carpeting also works better at making you feel warm, since the carpet fibers are not going to make your feet feel ice cold in the winter, or make it unappealing for your kids to lay on the floor to play.
The downside of carpeting is that it is easily susceptible to water damage. If you do get water in your basement, you should factor for a worst case scenario where you have to rip out all of the old carpeting and replace it. Thankfully, carpeting is a cheap flooring material, but it can still be an unexpected cost you have to pay. If you leave the carpeting after it's covered with water, there is a risk of mold growing inside the fibers.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
While hardwood is not recommended for a basement due its cost and how easily water can damage it, you can still have flooring in a basement that looks like hardwood. Vinyl plank flooring is a great option for basements due to several reasons.
Know that vinyl plank flooring is waterproof. If it does get wet, it won't cause damage to the flooring material. This is due to the layer of cork that is used along the bottom and the surface coating that is applied on top. It helps keep the layers sandwiched in the middle, such as the printed pattern and texture layers, remain intact.
One thing you may not like about vinyl plank flooring is that it floats on top of your current floor. You must smooth out any unevenness in your basement floor before the installation, or there can be parts of the flooring where it dips one the vinyl planks are installed.
For more information on using a waterproof flooring option, speak with a local flooring contractor such as Brothers Floor Covering.