Finding the best flooring for your basement doesn’t have to be difficult.
What’s the Best Flooring For My Basement?
Should I pick carpet, vinyl, or tile of some kind?
Before you go shopping for floors, there’s a few things you must do first. It’s a good idea to measure your basement. While you’re doing so, look for signs of extra prep work. Is there any mold? Does the concrete look uneven in spots? Do you see signs of moisture? Once you’ve done that, think about what you want. Do you want noise reduction? Is warmth important for you? What about energy savings?
Here is a list of things to look out for:
- Cracks on floor or walls.
- Salt deposits on floor or walls.
- Wet areas
- Dips and high spots
- Old glue
- Existing Flooring
Any of the above can make your project go up in cost. Before we continue, it’s also important to figure out your budget. We give our clients the following numbers:
Average Project Costs (With Material and Labor):
- Carpet: $6 – 9 per square foot
- Vinyl Plank, Tile, Sheet: $9 – $12 per square foot
- Tile: $22 – $26 per square foot
We didn’t post laminate or hardwood. Mostly because those materials aren’t recommended for basements. There are exceptions but they are not the norm. Use our Free Flooring Calculator to figure out your expenses.
Selecting a Flooring Type:
There are tons of factors that can influence your flooring choice. A reputable installer can help guide you in the right direction. Here is a quick guide:
- Carpet: Most affordable option. Can tolerate higher levels of humidity. This only applies to breathable types of carpet and pad. Helps keep rooms quiet and warm. Downside is it can stain and get matted over time. Proper care can help carpet last 10+ years.
- Vinyl Options: Vinyl is the easiest to keep clean. Depending on the vinyl type, it may require extra prep. Vinyl options tend to be waterproof. However, waterproof is not the same as vapor-proof. Water is H20 in liquid form. Vapor is H20 in gas form. The gas can affect the color or stability of the product. Vinyl flooring tends to be super kid and pet friendly.
- Tile: Tile is the most expensive option. The styles and design options are almost endless. We call tile The Forever Floor. Mosaic and large marble floors from the Roman Empire are still around. Expect the best durability. Also, tile, like hardwood, adds value to your home. Tile can be installed over floor heat, such as Schluter Ditra Heat.
So which floor is best for me?
It all comes down to your needs, your wants, and your budget. Basically, if you want a low maintenance, super stylish, and budget isn’t an issue, tile might be your best bet. If your budget is tight and you want to save energy, carpet is a good option. If your basement doesn’t have moisture issues and you want a stylish look at an affordable cost, vinyl is your best option. Most often, what’s good for your basement is also good for your kitchen or bathroom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.