Homes that have an unfinished basement are a dream come true for those looking to do an upgrade and add a little value to their property. Over the years, basements have been used for everything from an extra living space for renter’s, play areas for the kids and a man cave for the guy who loves to watch sports and entertain buddies in an area that is free from the ladies in their lives. Whatever is eventually decided upon, one of the biggest decisions a homeowner will make in the process is what the best flooring for basement re-modeling is.
Carpeting comes in styles, colors and price points to suit everyone, and with most basements being cooler than the upstairs rooms, carpets can add a touch of warmth to a cold environment. The downside is that carpeting has a tendency to hold in dust and dirt, and may not necessarily be the best option for long term use.
Installing hardwood in the basement is becoming increasingly popular, especially with those who are using the basement as a “play” area, as it is durable and sturdy enough to withstand heavy foot traffic. Bamboo is another option that falls under the hardwood category, but given that bamboo is extremely susceptible to humidity and temperature changes, it may not be the best option. Homeowners who live in an area where flooding can occur should understand that carpet and hardwood would be completely destroyed if water made its way into the basement, which would mean expensive damage costs.
For many, laminate represents the best basement flooring option as it has the same look and durability as hardwood, but is far less subject to damage and warping due to seasonal climate changes. Laminate also tends to be somewhat cheaper than hardwood, and its strength makes it an ideal option for those homeowners who transforming their basement into a play area for kids a sit will withstand all manner of bangs and spills that kids will throw its way.
The variety of pattern and colors make tile a solid option for those looking to make a statement with their basement space. On the downside, tile can be extremely cold underfoot, and the slightest of spills will make the surface extremely slippery.
Also known as cement flooring, concrete is a popular option for those that have allergies to carpet or who don’t care for the look of wood. Although the cheapest option of all that are available, concrete requires regular cleaning and maintenance if the integrity of the surface is to be properly maintained.
There is no definitive answer to what the best basement flooring option is, and the decision usually boils down to what style the homeowner prefers, and what the intended use for the basement is going to be. Either way, all the above options come in enough varieties so that the choice can be tailored to suit the style of the buyer.