When it comes to choosing the best flooring options for basements, there are many appropriate options, but there are a few important things to consider. Comfort, material, and durability are all key factors. The experts at Bigelow Flooring have outlined some of the most popular flooring options for basements to help guide you through your decision-making process.
Luxury vinyl flooring is a solid choice. There are a variety of design options available to look like either hardwood or tile. Vinyl is ideal for high moisture areas like the kitchen and bathroom as it’s extremely waterproof and durable. If you are opting for vinyl for your basement, we recommend having it installed with cork backing to help provide sound absorption and additional warmth underfoot. Luxury vinyl is an affordable alternative and some collections are the perfect choice for a three season room or cottage.
Tile is stain and water resistant and you have the ability to replace one piece at a time if it gets damaged. Overall, tile is low maintenance and elegant looking but it tends to be cold and hard on the feet. We recommend incorporating area rugs or installing in-floor heating for ultimate comfort when choosing tile flooring for your basement.
Laminate flooring has come a long way in the last 30 years with the development of drop lock installation systems and increased water resistance. It is made from wood byproducts and is comfortable to walk on due to its thickness and warmth. Overall, laminate is a good flooring option for basements, offering the convenience of a low maintenance surface.
The layered construction of engineered hardwood makes it an ideal choice for installation over concrete sub-floors. White oak is the king of hardwood floors because it is both beautiful and durable. Wood with a thick top veneer is a good choice because it can be sanded and refinished down the road. To best care for wood flooring in your basement, monitor your humidity levels and use a dehumidifier if necessary.
Carpet is a frequent choice as it tends to be warm and cozy for a cool basement. Carpeting is also low maintenance and offers thousands of colour and texture choices. Textured carpets with subtle patterns have long been a popular choice because of their natural ability to minimize the look of stains. Three of the most common carpet varieties are twist, plush, and loop which are available in various fibres including synthetic and wool.
Bigelow Flooring has many great flooring samples for you to choose from and swatches you can take home.
If you have any questions about your basement flooring, get in touch with one of our expert team members who are always happy to help.