Few projects will improve your home’s value like a finished basement. Transforming that bleak space into a gym, home theater or even apartment can easily provide short and long term benefits.

However, basements have unique considerations. They’re prone to more moisture and less airflow. They also tend to receive less light. So renovation projects require special planning and equipment.

This is especially true with flooring. Only a limited number of flooring options are suited for the excessive moisture levels found in basements. Using the wrong floors can mean costly repairs and may even pose a health risk. For example, solid hardwood panels absorb moisture, causing them to expand. And the wrong choice of carpet can help promote mold growth.

Here, we’ll take a quick look at flooring suitable for basements and a few features to look for before your next remodeling project.

Porcelain Tile Flooring

Stone-look porcelain tile flooring

Ceramic may be the popular tile & stone choice, but porcelain consistently outperforms ceramic in nearly every metric. Its lower absorption rate and hygienic surface make it a great choice in areas prone to mold growth. Porcelain is also more durable than ceramic, making it ideal for storage areas.

R2X Carpet with Waterproof Backing

Waterproof carpet

Traditionally, carpet hasn’t exactly been a top choice for areas prone to mold and moisture. However, many newer carpet selections feature completely waterproof backing. A variety of treatments also protect the individual fibers from absorption and mold growth. Here are a few features to look for when purchasing carpet for below-grade applications:

  • Nanoloc™
  • R2X
  • SmartStrand® Forever Clean™
  • Lifeguard Waterproof Backing

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring have quickly gained popularity in recent years. The reason: LVF blends style and versatility into a package that is more affordable than most other flooring options. A variety of waterproof options are included. Wood-look vinyl is often chosen over authentic wood because it’s able to maintain its size and shape regardless of moisture levels or temperature changes.

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If you’re ready to make an informed choice, visit Hutchinson’s premier flooring experts at CarpetsPlus COLORTILE today!

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