If you’re considering remodelling your basement, one of the first areas that you need to focus on is the floor. While concrete flooring is resilient, it’s cold to the touch and not very attractive to look at either. It’s obviously not the ideal choice for a finished space. Instead it makes sense to look at resilient flooring options that stand up to moisture well while offering a more homey feel to your space. Fortunately there are plenty of different options to choose from that will all stand up to regular basement conditions well, as long as your basement is treated properly with the necessary vapour barriers before you start the flooring installation.
Install a Vapour Barrier
Most flooring products that you would put into a finished basement require a reliable vapour barrier to protect against moisture that will seep through that concrete floor over time. That’s why it’s very important to invest in a high-quality vapour barrier that’s thick and resilient and that’s installed properly. It’s best to have professional installers put down your vapour barrier so that you’re sure there are no gaps in your installation.
There are a few different options for vapour barriers. You can rely on paints, or roll on finishes for your concrete flooring, you can use thick plastic sheeting that’s sealed properly, or you can rely on waterproof subfloor material to lift up the next layer of flooring. Our personal preference is for plastic subfloor materials that serve as a vapour barrier but also help keep floors warmer at the same time.
Looking at Flooring Options
Now that your concrete floor is suitably protected by a vapour barrier, it’s time to move on to the flooring options themselves. Two common products used in basements are carpets and vinyl flooring. Inorganic carpet designed for basement use can help create a warmer surface while also helping to soften up the floor. Just make sure you get the kind with the thick plastic backing designed to keep water out.
Vinyl tile works well in basement environments as long as it’s a basement approved product that’s designed to withstand a bit of moisture. Vinyl is soft and comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors, making it easy to get just the look that you want.
For a play space or a workout room nothing beats the simplicity of rubber interlocking tiles. This flooring doesn’t have the same designer look as other flooring options on this list, but it’s comfortable, it’s durable and it’s an excellent option when used for the right purposes.
Engineered Wood and Laminate Flooring
Even though hardwoods aren’t suitable for use in a basement environment, you can get a hardwood look using engineered wood or laminate flooring in its place. Just make sure you get a product that doesn’t rely on organic materials and that it’s designed for basement use specifically. You’ll be amazed at how realistic many of these flooring solutions look.
If you’re planning on remodelling your basement, take the time to look over all the different vapour barrier options that are available to you. Take the time to review your flooring options, and choose a combination that you like the best. If you aren’t sure about any of your options consult with professionals and rely on their advice to help you find the perfect solution for your needs.