There is no one right answer for the “best” flooring for every basement. Each flooring type has its pros and cons, but when it comes to basements some flooring types do work better. If you’re looking to finally finish off your basement, or want to give your basement a face-lift, here are some things to consider when deciding which type of flooring is best for your basement.
What to Consider When Installing Basement Flooring
A basement is going to be cold, dark, and humid, because most basements are located underground in some form or fashion. If your basement is also in an area where the water table is low, you will have increased issues with moisture. While your concrete slab flooring may seem like it is a perfect seal, it is a porous material and will let in moisture. This means whatever flooring you install on your basement floor needs to be resistant to moisture.
Is my Basement Floor Level?
Believe it or not, the concrete flooring in your home’s basement is most likely not perfectly level. While this isn’t the end of the world, if you’d like to have a new basement floor installed, you will want a level floor. If the floor is not level, your new basement flooring will shift and warp. So, before installing your new basement flooring, be sure to add some self-leveling cement or install a floating floor. This can be a very difficult process, so if you need assistance don’t be afraid to call in a local Maryland flooring company to help with your basement floors.
What Flooring is Best for a Basement?
When it comes to basement floors, you need to choose wisely. First, you will want to install a vapor barrier before installing any flooring. The basement vapor barrier will help to prevent any transfer of moisture from the cement to your newly installed floor. With this in mind, it does make sense to choose a flooring option which is fairly moisture resistant to begin with.
Here are some of the best options for basement floors:
- Ceramic Tile Floors
- Engineered Wood Floors
- Laminate Floors
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Floors
- Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Floors
For help with picking out the best option for your specific basement floor, get in touch with your Maryland flooring experts at Dragon Scale flooring. Dragon Scale Flooring is a family-operated and veteran-owned business based out of Laurel, MD. For a free estimate on a new basement floor remodel, give us a call today at 844-2DS-FLOOR, or fill out this form on our website.