If you’re finishing your basement, decisions about flooring can be difficult. Basement floors require extra consideration since they are much more prone to moisture and wetness. Choosing the wrong flooring can lead to issues with mold as well as damage to the design elements of your basement.

Flooring can become warped and damaged over time, especially if the wrong materials are used. When it comes to basements, harder flooring tends to fare better than thinner and softer varieties, and adding a backing or subfloor can further reinforce the flooring type you choose. Also, flooring that is waterproof or resistant to moisture is best for basements. If you aren’t sure what flooring is going to work best for your Bozeman basement, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Bozeman for expert guidance!

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The following are the top 5 ideal flooring types for  finished basements:

1) Tile Flooring

Tile can offer an attractive look for basement floors and adheres well to the concrete base floor that characterizes most basements. Tile is sleek, classic and can make your basement look larger and more open (choosing light colors can enhance this effect.) It is also water resistant and will withstand wear and mildew during weather changes outdoors.

2) Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl has come a long way in recent decades. It has always been available in basic colors and patterns, but it’s now available printed in a wide variety of simulated surfaces. These include stone, tile and many varieties of wood. Since wood flooring is not a good idea for basements, opting for printed vinyl allows for the look of wood in a flooring material that’s durable and water-resistant. Best of all, it is one of the most affordable flooring options on the market.

3) Waterproof Laminate Floors

While wood materials are not ideal for a basement floor, a relatively new product offers a viable alternative. Waterproof laminate flooring gives the warm look of wood in a material that will not succumb to the effects of moisture like hardwood flooring can.

4) Carpet

Yes, carpet is an option for basements. It can provide an inviting warmth and comfort that few other flooring types do. However, there is always the risk of moisture damage and mildew. Carpet in basements likely won’t last as long as carpet installed in drier rooms. One trending solution is to use carpet squares (tiles) instead of rolls of carpet. That way if a few tiles ever get damaged, they can be easily replaced.

5) Rubber Flooring

Rubber is rugged, waterproof and available in many colors and styles. It feels good beneath the feet and is fairly affordable in solid colors or basic styles. This choice is ideal if the basement will be used as a gym or a playroom for the kids.

Update Your Bozeman Basement Floors

If you want a finished living space in your basement, the flooring will be foundational to its overall look and feel. Making the ideal choice is important, and finding a balance between durability and comfort is key. Consider these tips and ideas when making your Bozeman basement flooring selection. If you still aren’t sure which material is right for your home, contact Floor Coverings International Bozeman for a free in-home consultation! 

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