The Best Basement Flooring Options

The Best Basement Flooring Options: Discover the best, trendiest and affordable options for your basement. Waterproof and water resistant flooring in everything from rubber to wood-look tile; there is something for everyone!

The Best Basement Flooring Options

Basement flooring can be a tough nut to crack – does it need to be waterproof? how much should it cost? will it look pretty?! – but you have more options than you think. We’ve got you covered with this list of the best basement flooring options. Now, what you choose is up to you!

It is unfortunate news, but a pipe just burst in your basement. The old basement carpet that has been down there for decades is totally ruined. However, that may not actually be the worst news ever because you have been wanting to get rid of that outdated shag for years now.

It is time you get a new, updated flooring that is more modern with the times. Viola! This is the perfect opportunity to do some shopping for new flooring for your basement. But…. Where to start?! How do you choose the best basement flooring?

There are many factors and some leg work that you must consider before you choose and install your new basement floor.

If your subfloor is uneven, for example, it will need to be leveled out before you begin installation. Any cracks in the foundation will need to be filled in and moisture issues need to be treated before you install your new floor.

When it comes to the types of flooring that can be installed in a basement, you actually have a variety of options you can choose from. Really, the only floor that cannot be installed in the basement would be a hardwood floor – don’t let us break your heart there; we are truly saving you heartache by telling you upfront. And also, there’s plenty of beautiful wood-look options that will look just as sleek! You’re welcome!

Below, we will run through a few of the more popular flooring options and give you some great basement flooring ideas.

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Vinyl Flooring for Basements

The Best Basement Flooring Options: Discover the best, trendiest and affordable options for your basement. Waterproof and water resistant flooring in everything from rubber to wood-look tile; there is something for everyone! The Best Basement Flooring Options: Discover the best, trendiest and affordable options for your basement. Waterproof and water resistant flooring in everything from rubber to wood-look tile; there is something for everyone!

You may not have realized some of the wood floor looks you’ve seen in supermarkets, coffee shops, and retail stores are not actually hardwood. The truth is, the majority of them are vinyl planks. I know, I too have been fooled many times by this sneaky floor!

The main component of vinyl is a flexible type of plastic. This means that it has the same natural properties as other plastic, such as a high resistance to moisture, density and strength, and the fact that it does not grow mold or mildew.

Whether you decide to choose a vinyl tile or plank, vinyl flooring really is one of the best, most durable and suitable flooring types for a basement floor installation.

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Pros of vinyl flooring for basements

  • Floating floor type installation can be put down without the need for messy adhesives. 
  • There are even easy to install jigsaw puzzle type floor tiles can be easily removed and put back in place in the future if a flood does occur. These tiles also allow air to flow underneath them, giving the concrete subfloor space to breathe underneath the floor.
  • Attractive and realistic stone looks.
  • Vinyl is incredibly durable and comes in a variety of different wear layers so you can choose the right one for your needs

Cons of vinyl flooring for basements

  • There are concerns about safety regarding vinyl tiles and whether or not they are family safe. When choosing the right vinyl floor for you, be sure to consider a product from a reputable source, and one that has been tested to prove its safety.
  • Since vinyl flooring is essentially water resistant, there really aren’t many cons for using vinyl flooring in a basement. I suppose that if you were to fall in love with a beautiful stone look or wood look plank that is out of your budget, that would be a con. Or, it would just mean you save up a little longer to get the floor of your dreams.

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Tile Flooring for Basements

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Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring is one of the most popular floorings to date. The process of making tiles dates back many centuries for mosaics and other artwork. The same process is still very common today for many other uses, including flooring

More than likely, you’ve seen tile flooring in restaurant bathrooms, or maybe even in your kitchen at home – there is a good reason for this. Tile flooring has a durable surface glaze that prevents liquids and moisture from penetrating through.

Due to this impermeability, tile flooring is an excellent choice for use as a basement flooring solution since it can hold up so well in moisture prone areas

Pros of tile flooring for basements

  • Tile flooring is very durable. Tile can withstand the everyday wear and tear that comes with a busy household.
  • There are many low-cost tile products available to choose from. Seriously, you can get a gorgeous stone-look tile for, like,  $1 per square ft or the hot new wood looks for just over $2 per square foot.
  • There are also many beautiful wood and stone looks that are comparable to the real thing. For example, this stunning wood-look tile has a distressed barn wood look that we just can’t get enough of!

Cons of tile flooring for basements

  • One of the main complaints about tile flooring is that it is usually cold underfoot. Your concrete slab can get very cold underground and that frigid feeling transmits up through a tile floor
  • Tile flooring is very durable but it’s not damage-proof. If a tile is to get damaged badly to the point it needs to be replaced, that is a difficult process, unlike replacing other types of flooring out there.

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Carpet Tiles for Basements

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Carpet tiles are an incredible invention that makes life super easy for families and even businesses

A carpet tile or carpet square is literally exactly that. Usually 2′ x 2′ in size, an entire room can be made up of a bunch of different little carpet pieces, rather than a large piece that is connected from wall to wall

This is so amazing because if you spill red wine or spaghetti sauce on your carpet tile floor, you are able to simply pull up the ruined tile and replace it with a new tile, no problem. I know, that is amazing, isn’t it?

  • Pros
    • Very low cost per square foot helps to keep the overall cost low
    • Easy peel and stick tile options are available
    • Carpet tiles are very easy to replace if a permanent spill or damage happens. Simply pull it up and replace with a new one.
    • You can also install carpet tiles using small sticky tabs that basically keep the four corners together. If your floor is to flood then you’re able to remove the tiles, dry them and put them back later
    • If you have minor flooding, carpet tiles can actually be set out to dry, and be reinstalled.
  • Cons
    • If you have a major flood in your basement with standing water for an extended period of time, you can try to dry out the carpet tiles and reinstall them but you may need to replace them.

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Rubber Flooring for Basements

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Rubber flooring for a basement is becoming a popular trend, especially for those with home gyms

The rubber floor can actually help to absorb shock from exercises and weights that may be dropped as well as helping to reduce impact sound

Rubber flooring is not only popular in basement home gyms, but is also a common floor used in family game rooms, mancaves, or even tv rooms.

Rubber floor tiles and rolls are typically made from recycled materials gathered from old car tires. So you are able to have an eco-friendly recycled flooring that also looks cool and serves a purpose

Pros of rubber flooring for basements

  • Very durable and perfect for a home gym.
  • Available in tiles that interlock so you can put them together like puzzle pieces, then remove them if any flooding occurs.
  • Can be easily removed and used in any future home if you move.
  • Resistance to water, mold and mildew.
  • Fun fact: the slip resistance of rubber increases when wet (which is why your car tires keep increase traction when it is raining… the more you know).

Cons of rubber flooring for basements

  • Can be more expensive per square foot depending on what style and colors you’re looking at.
  • Rubber is heavy and, if you are installing a large area, it can be a strenuous installation for just one DIYer.
  • More of an industrial gym type look (if you are not into that).
  • There are not as many options when it comes to looks compared to other flooring types.

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Stained Concrete Basement Flooring

If you are interested in industrial, modern type flooring options, then a stained concrete flooring might be perfect for you.

Staining concrete allows you to create different looks across an entire flooring surface, with different colors and even appearance of texture and depth.

It is also a pretty cool idea since you are literally using exactly what is already there – the foundation of your house!

Pros of stained concrete for basement flooring

  • Can provide a unique, industrial type look
  • Can cost less money since less materials are required
  • No need for tricky interlocking plank installation
  • Can be a unique, artistic project

Cons of stained concrete for basement flooring

  • Concrete floors tend to be cold underfoot. The cold comes up through your basement subfloor and has nowhere to go.
  • If you do not like the industrial look, stained concrete flooring in the basement is not going to make you a happy, cheery person.
  • Stained concrete cannot be heated, unlike other flooring options – it is what it is.
  • The actual staining process can be labor intensive as the entire floor surface needs to be 100% clean, unlike when you install other flooring surfaces and an underlay is often put down before the flooring.

In Conclusion

We have gone over just a handful of the options that you have available when it comes to a new basement flooring. As much as it would be nice and easy if there were a best flooring for basements, it really is hard to narrow down since there are so many amazing and versatile options.

Spend some time doing more research, gathering information, and ordering samples to see what you like.

If you would like further information or to have help narrowing down the proper floor choice for your basement, please feel free to contact us.

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