Whenever you need extra space, the basement is a good place to start. Compared to the other rooms in the house, this can be turned into anything you can imagine, be it a gym, laundry room, study, or guest room. The right flooring can help create the ambiance for that space, but first you need to know how to select one.
Moisture is the biggest problem you will encounter when choosing flooring for the basement. It is brought about by external factors like ground water and rain, and internal factors like humidity inside your home. With that in mind, choose the flooring that is moisture-proof and can withstand the presence of water. Most typically go for cement because of its longevity. Try to avoid hardwood as water and wood is a bad combination.
The Design/Style Of The Flooring:
Now that you have factored in the moisture, it is time to select the flooring based on personal taste. Do you want patterns? Are you interested in subdued tones? Or perhaps you want it to look industrial? By answering those questions, you will arrive at what design is for you. Also, you can check out other people’s flooring styles. Maybe you can get an inspiration or two.
The Use Of The Room:
What will you use the basement for? Is it a new home gym, an office, an extension of your living room, or even a library? Select your flooring based on that. People who convert the basement for the gym prefer to use black rubber. If it is a dance studio, you may want to use engineered wood. It gives you the cozy vibe of wood minus the moisture problem. As for the other rooms, your selection will fall based on your personal taste and utilization of the space.
Choosing the right flooring for the basement is important. If it cannot withstand humidity and moisture, you will find yourself with a cracked floor that you will have to change sooner than planned. To save budget, make sure that you invest on good materials that is suited for the area.