We’ve all heard that you should never install solid hardwood flooring in a below-grade basement. Basements are high-humidity environments where moisture will warp and buckle even the hardest of wood flooring. Similarly, laminate floors are also susceptible to moisture absorption and should be avoided in your basement. Beyond that, the majority of flooring options are basement-safe, giving you a great selection to choose from for your Middletown home. The experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY outline some of their favorite basement flooring options below.
One of the best materials for a basement, ceramic tiles can be installed directly on top of an existing concrete flooring, provided it’s level and free of any cracks. Tile works very well in high-moisture areas and comes in many sizes, colors, and textures. Compared to other materials, however, ceramic tiles will be cold on your feet, especially during the cooler months.
Another great option for your basement, vinyl flooring is easy to install on top of concrete slab and can withstand high amounts of moisture. Unlike tile, vinyl flooring has more give and will provide a softer surface for your feet. Vinyl flooring also comes in a variety of design options, such as standard sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl plank, and luxury vinyl tile. Vinyl can even imitate hardwood or stone tile!
For the environmentally conscious, cork flooring is a renewable material that works great in just about any part of your home. Cork is both thermally and acoustically insulating and will keep your basement floors warm to the touch and quiet to walk on.
Soft underfoot, rubber floors are great for basements dens and play areas. They are quick to install and come in a variety of colors to match your design tastes. Rubber flooring is naturally waterproof and resists mold and mildew.
For homeowners who can’t go without the look of a natural hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring is your best bet. Just be sure the type you choose is rated for below-grade basements and you’re good to go.
Here at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY we have a great selection of flooring materials for basements in the greater Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick area. We offer free in-home consultations to help homeowners find the perfect option for their next flooring project.
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