Years ago it would have been unthinkable to use your basement for anything other than storage. Today, the demands on the housing market and increasing need for space have led to a trend of an individual renovating his or her basement for regular use.
Make Your Basement Feel Like Home
Whether the basement is to be used as a playroom, an office, a gym or a home entertainment centre, you should consider your basement floor options. There is nothing worse than stepping onto that cold hard floor. It hardly makes that basement warm and cosy so you do need to invest in some sort of flooring.
There is a whole host of basement floor options available to you today. All of the main floor coverings can be used with effect, which I will go into shortly. However, you do need to waterproof and seal your basement floor before installing any form of covering.
Without waterproofing, your investment will be ruined within a few months. You need to stop water coming through before you do anything else and then you will be ready to fully explore your basement floor options.
Types Of Basement Flooring
There are literally thousands of choices when it comes to basement floor options and it may be difficult to know where to begin. To try and help you out, here is a quick guide to the types of basement flooring available:
- Carpet – Carpet is a good basement floor option if you intend to use it for comfort rather than functionality. For example, it would be impractical to have carpet if you want to use your basement as a laundry room but not if it were to be a play area. Carpet will insulate your basement and thus make it much warmer in winter. However, any slight flooding as a result of poor maintenance or waterproofing errors would ruin the carpet completely and it may be too expensive to replace.
Wooden flooring – Wooden flooring is a basement floor option that may appeal to most individuals because wooden floors generally look simply breathtaking. However, if your basement has a high level of humidity then the wood will quickly degrade and need replacing.
Tiles – There are two types of tile basement floor options, man made and natural. The former includes PVC and ceramic tiles whilst the latter incorporates slate, granite and marble, amongst other materials. Both are equally effective as far as a gorgeous aesthetic look is concerned. They also have a longevity that few other basement floor options have. However, they can be extremely cold because they do not retain heat. They simply conduct the chill of the actual foundations and thus are awfully cold on your feet.
Rubber flooring – This is a popular choice of basement floor option these days. Rubber seemingly has no disadvantage, as long as it is fireproof in the first place! It actually keeps heat in the basement, has the longevity of tiles, is completely waterproof and will not wear over time. In short, it has all of the qualities necessary to enable you to enjoy your basement! It is easy to install and maintain so this is definitely an option you should consider.
Regardless of the basement floor option that you eventually choose, make sure that you are completely happy with your choice. Once you have laid your basement flooring, it would be expensive to replace it and could take time. Past generations did not have the chance to enjoy their basements so make the most of yours and get in there as soon as possible!