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What to Consider When Choosing Flooring for your Basement

With the wide range of solid hardwood flooring available, nearly any type of flooring can be installed in your basement. However, There’s going to be some pros and cons in installing flooring in a basement. You may have to deal with an uneven sub floor or problematic moisture. If your basement is out of level, you can use a self-leveling cement to create an even sub floor or purchase a flooring product that “floats” above the sub floor.

Although majority of basements are constructed using durable concrete by home builder’s older homes tend to have cracks in the foundation or at the joint between the foundation and exterior walls which can lead to moisture. This is not something that you could foresee or expect to know when it would happen, but it gives you a general sense of what to expect the next time you are looking to renovate your basement.

The preeminent solution which we would recommend is to install a waterproof underlayment above the sub floor to ensure your new flooring doesn’t suffer years down the road. This helps prevent moisture and water damage. You can always consider floating your flooring off the concrete that can leave gaps between the installed flooring and foundation which reassure moisture to dissipate.

Here are some great flooring options to consider:
Laminate Flooring
Engineered Hardwood
Vinyl Sheets
Luxury Vinyl Tile (Stone)

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