Choosing the right flooring for your basement can be a challenging task. Whether you use your basement for entertaining, family movie nights or laundry, there are important factors to consider about new flooring. Here in the West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC area it’s important to consider the humidity level of your space. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia are here to teach you all about the best types of basement flooring!
The Challenge of a Basement
If your basement is below grade, it’s very likely that it has a higher level of moisture in the air than other areas of your home. This presents a range of challenges for your home. Over time this moisture can warp certain types of flooring like hardwood, and cause mold and mildew build-up in floors with porous fibers like carpet.
Basements are also common sites of leaks or flooding. The possibility of standing water on the floor is another factor to consider when choosing your flooring. If your home is at risk of the occasional flood or leak, it’s a good idea to choose flooring that can withstand extended contact with water.
Lastly, consider the amount of light your basement gets. Often, basements feel dark and cramped. This can be a design challenge if you use your basement for entertaining or as a common space for your family. A light colored floor with a simple design can help to open up a small space and make it feel larger.
Basement Flooring Do’s & Don’ts
There are a number of flooring styles that work well in the basement. Our favorites are water-resistant and waterproof options like ceramic tile and luxury vinyl. If you really want to install carpet in your basement, be sure to choose a low pile option with a looped design. These styles are much better at keeping moisture at bay. Another challenging option for the basement is hardwood. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts as moisture levels change, which can cause warping. We suggest trying an engineered hardwood floor. These styles are made with thin layers of wood that are able to retain their shape much better in the face of varying moisture levels.
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If you have questions about your basement floors, contact us today at Floor Coverings International Columbia. We offer free in-home consultations to the greater West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC area.
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