Choosing flooring options for basements is different than deciding on choices for the floor decor in the upstairs of the abode. Basements normally sit below the earth’s level leaving them to attract dampness and humidity. The concrete sub floors of a basement are also a reason to weigh the best flooring options specifically for a basement. One’s only choices for basement flooring decor is no longer relegated to just carpet, ceramic tile or vinyl. One can now have the option of using real wood in the basement with the innovative engineered wood plank flooring.
Have fun decorating the finished basement room. Be adventurous by combining flooring types. Mix a tile or engineered wood with a carpet insert to act as an area rug. Your finished basement will add more living space, as well as value, to the existing abode.
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Wood flooring made to dress up the finished basement decor.
Traditional solid wood floors will not do well in a damp basement area. The wood planks will tend to buckle and warp. Now with engineered wood one can have the beauty of natural wood without the warping. Its multi-ply over a stabilized core construction keeps engineered wood planks resilient and stable without worry of buckling with dampness. As with traditional wood flooring the engineered wood flooring is real wood that is available in a wide ranges of choices in finishes and size of plank widths. The engineered wood flooring options allow one to have the warmth and elegance of wood without the worry of damage from humidity. Place area rugs with protectors underneath and clean floors with a duster and proper wood cleaner.
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Carpet your way to a basement of comfort
A popular flooring option for the basement is carpet due to its affordability and comfort. Be careful to get carpet that is made to work well in the damp basement area. One should not get wool or a high pile that will soak in dampness. The basement carpeting as a flooring option should be the type that will fight against the evils of dampness. The stain resistant Olefin is the top choice of basement carpet. This choice keeps its color while preventing damage from moisture. Be sure to get carpet in the basement in a tight loop Berber type for the best wear ability.
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Tile flooring is the super hero of basement flooring
Whether ones chooses between ceramic, porcelain, granite, marble and natural stone tiles, when using tile on a basement floor one will be sure that the flooring will last for years of wear. The tile flooring option is the perfect choice to ward off dampness. Even with an unforeseen flood, water can easily be mopped up or wet vacuumed to reveal no damage to the floor. Tile flooring comes in many styles, sizes and finishes. Be aware of needs when deciding on tile decor. The glazed and polished tiles will be smooth and beautiful but can be slippery. Unglazed and honed tiles are rougher; these are generally used in heavy traffic areas and outside. Be aware that the larger the tiles one chooses the less grout for seams will be needed so cleaning will be easier.
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Vinyl option is no longer an old fashioned look
No longer is the flooring option of vinyl relegated to the appearance of an aged and cheap look. There are now vinyl flooring options that mimic the beauty of wood planks so closely that it is difficult to tell the difference between the wood and vinyl. The man-made vinyl floor is crafted from petroleum with the colors and patterns printed on the top surface and then sealed with a urethane finish. Vinyl flooring tends to be very cost effective for the budget minded decor. They cost less and are very easy to install for do-it-yourselfers.
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