Whats Flooring Should I Choose For My Basement?

When it comes to basement flooring you might have more questions than answers.  How much should it cost?  What are the best materials to use?  Can I still make the floor look attractive even though it’s going to be in a basement?

If you need some help picking out flooring for your basement, here are a few top picks to consider.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 1920s.  In fact, its become so cost-efficient and attractive that sometimes people are fooled by the material and think its wood instead of PVC.  You can, of course, buy vinyl flooring that is a solid color.

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl floors come with a faux-wood look as well as stone.  These wood and stone like floors are so convincing and yet you can save a ton of money by installing these instead of real wood or stone.

Vinyl flooring comes with 3 main options:

  • 1 full sheet
  • planks
  • tiles

The planks look even more like real wood floors.  To top it off vinyl is very easy to install, it can even be removed and replaced and its one of the most durable materials available.

Porcelain and Ceramic Floors

Tile floors are another pretty popular option for basement flooring.  If you’ve been to any restaurants lately and visited the bathrooms – most all of them use porcelain or ceramic flooring.

These types of tiles can be glazed over which can prevent liquids and moisture from penetrating it.  Not to mention the fact that these 2 materials come in almost every pattern, color and size under the sun.

It gives you the ability to customize the look so that it fits with the look of your home.  Porcelain and ceramic floors can also be made to look like stone and other materials, without adding on the expensive price tag!

Stained Concrete Flooring

These are actually very pretty!  What they do is they take regular concrete and they put different colors of dye into the mix.  They then either mix it or swirl it and it creates these really wonderful and beautiful floors.

Stamped concreteBecause its concrete its also less money, you don’t need any fancy or expensive interlocking plank installations and you can really customize the floor.  If you take a look at a site like Pinterest you can see all sorts of really attractive looking concrete floors.

Stamped concrete, for example, has an almost old wood look to it. On the other hand, stained concrete has a completely different look.

Rubber Flooring

Believe it or not, but there is also such a thing as rubber flooring.  These are usually recycled and made from real-world materials like rubber tires.  Rubber is, of course, a really good material for a basement because it’s water-resistant, moisture-resistant, and if you have a green home, its also considered green-friendly.

Don’t be fooled by the synonymous “black” tires though.  These floors come in all sorts of different colors.  Plus, they can be manipulated to look like different things; wood planks, herringbone tiles, stone tiles and more.

Rubber floors in the laundry

As you can clearly see from the options above; you do have attractive choices if you want to put new flooring in your basement.  Of course, the flooring you choose is going to be up to you, but if you want to choose the best flooring for your basement the biggest concern should be that its water and moisture friendly.