Unlike other areas of your home, there are special considerations that need to be taken into account when you install a new floor in the basement. The basement floor is unique because it is below ground level, or “below grade”. This means it is susceptible to moisture – an enemy to many popular flooring options. The experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha are here to guide you on how to select the right floor that will last for years to come.
Below Grade Flooring
The main consideration when selecting a floor for your basement is its ability to resist moisture. Unlike flooring installed above grade, the basement floor is prone to leaching residual moisture in the form of vapor due to its proximity to the ground. It is also more likely to experience flooding.
Homeowners are advised to avoid flooring that is prone to water damage and mold, such as hardwood and carpet. These materials will not experience the longevity they usually enjoy when they are installed in this space. The typical rule of thumb is that inorganic materials tend to be more suitable than organic materials in basement settings because they are less likely to deteriorate with moisture.
Basement Friendly Flooring Options
If you have your heart set on a hardwood look in your basement, engineered hardwood is an excellent alternative. Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered hardwood is better able to maintain its shape and resist warping when in contact with limited moisture. It also has good sound absorption qualities.
Tile is a highly preferred flooring material for basements because of its attractive appearance and moisture-impermeable nature. In the event of a flood, the tile will quickly dry out and remain undamaged. It is versatile and comes in a wide range of styles to suit your design needs. It is also suitable for a radiant in-floor heating system to add comfort to the basement of your Waukesha home.
Vinyl is a low-cost, resilient floor material that does well in a basement environment. It is durable and can withstand moisture. It is also an attractive material that can look remarkably similar to the material that it is replicating, commonly wood or stone.
Get Started in Waukesha Today
If you would like more information on basement flooring options, contact our experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha. Let us help you select the perfect floor for your home! Call us today to schedule a free in-home consultation. We proudly serve Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee and surrounding areas.
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