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Looking to finally finish up your basement and utilize all of the space in your home? Once you frame out the rooms you’re going to build in your basement finishing project, you’ll need some flooring.
Rather than subfloor, basements are held up by a nice layer of concrete. While that might work for a storage room, it’s anything but cozy for basement bedrooms or entertainment rooms.
There are many flooring options for basement floors. You can choose a DIY option saving money since it’s just your basement, or have a professional install some higher-quality floors.
It just depends on your goals and if you think the flooring choice will add value to your home. Keep reading to learn about the five most common basement flooring options.
1. Peel and Stick Vinyl
One of the cheapest flooring options for basement projects is peel and stick vinyl planks. These are easy enough to install by almost anyone. All you need to do is peel the backing off, like a giant sticker, and place them on the floor. You can cut them up with scissors or a utility knife.
From a distance, they look pretty good, but when you walk on them, you’ll definitely know it isn’t real tile or wood.
2. Laminate Boards
Laminate flooring is growing in popularity as a synthetic alternative to real hardwood. It’s more affordable, but looks just as good as wood, and lasts a long time.
Most flooring retailers specialize in offering dozens of laminate flooring options, which can look like wood, tile, or anything in between.
Because basements are colder than the rest of the home, carpet can be a great option. It’s the only flooring choice that won’t feel cold to the touch when walking down their barefoot.
Plus, since you likely are using the basement for family uses, as opposed to entertaining guests, you don’t need the most impressive-looking flooring. Carpet is better if you plan to have kids downstairs, either in bedrooms or in a playroom.
4. Polished Concrete Floor
Your basement is already concrete, so you don’t technically need to and anything on top. However, to make it more enjoyable to walk around on, polishing it off and sealing it is a great option.
If you have experience with heavy-duty machineries, such as concrete grinders, you may be able to do it yourself. Otherwise, if you need to hire it out, it may be a cost-effective option.
If you live in a hot area, you might actually want a basement floor that stays cool in the summer. In that case, tile is what you need.
It’s durable, beautiful, and will keep your basement feeling cool when it’s just too darn hot outside.
Choosing Flooring Options for Basement Rooms
There’s no wrong choice when it comes to choosing between flooring options for basement rooms. It depends on your budget and what the rooms will be used for.
Bedrooms should almost always use carpet, while the rest of the basement might look better with an affordable laminate floor. When in doubt, get a couple of quotes from flooring contractors to see what your options really are.
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