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Q: We have recently become homeowners and want to finish our basement. What are good options for flooring?

A: Your basement flooring options don’t have to be different from flooring options elsewhere. In fact, everything from ceramics to hardwood can serve your basement well. Here are a few tips on how to decide which type of flooring will fit your needs and home best.

What Role Does Your Basement Play in Your Home?

That’s the first question that needs to be answered before deciding on your best basement flooring option.

A Place for Your Things

If your basement is used mostly for storage, and not for additional living space, then a few good coats of paint will give you a good looking and easy to clean floor.  If you want to use your imagination, use tape or masks and create patterns in the floor.  In any case, painting is probably the least expensive flooring options and, if you don’t like the results, simply paint it again!

Living Spaces

Many homeowners finish their basements to add more living space to their homes.  Here again, how you use your basement can determine the type of flooring you need.

  • Pack in the Play: Play spaces for your children need a durable, but preferably softer floor.  Carpet can be a good option for play rooms.
  • Décor-Dependent: Flooring for family entertainment rooms can depend on décor.  In a properly waterproofed basement, hardwood floors will make the room feel warmer and more like other rooms in your home.  Ceramic tile is durable and easy to clean, but can be fairly cold to the touch, so an area rug might be useful.
  • State-Detail: Indiana is a bit different from many other states. In fact, when it comes to your basement, we install directly on the concrete. That means that you don’t necessarily have to have a sub floor.

Waterproofing

Regardless of the basement flooring method you choose, you will better protect your floor, home and belongings if you waterproof your basement before installing your floor.  If you have noticed repeated moisture problems, or have ever had a leak or flood, it is best to consult a basement waterproofing professional to get a recommendation for the best waterproofing method for your situation

 

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