Basement Flooring

Monday December 22, 2008
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When it comes to finishing concrete basement floors, there are several different flooring options to choose from. Some types of flooring work better in basements than others depending on how the room is used as well as your personal style and budget. Let’s look at the most commonly used floors that are safe for basement installations as long as the concrete subfloor passes calcium chloride and pH alkalinity tests.

Tile and stone are both excellent choices in the basement. Keep in mind that the concrete must be level and any cracks or holes must be filled with a leveling compound. Rubber, linoleum, and vinyl are also good basement installation candidates. Again, concrete must be level and any cracks and holes must be filled. Because the moisture emitted from concrete can affect the adhesives used in the installation of these products, you may need to install a moisture barrier or seal the concrete before installing the flooring. Other popular basement choices include decorative concrete and epoxy floor coatings.

Because of the susceptibility to moisture damage, you should avoid installing hardwood, bamboo, or carpet over a concrete subfloor in a basement. Cork flooring can be installed in basements in some scenarios with proper precaution taken. Be sure to check with the manufacturer’s recommendations before installing any flooring in your basement.

Once you select the type of flooring that meets your needs, you can find local flooring retailers and installers in your area by searching by your zip code using FindAnyFloor’s locator tool. In addition, if your basement flooring becomes a do it yourself floor project, use our free installation guides and videos to assist you.

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