ABOUT BASEMENT FLOORING
Your basement wears many hats. Maybe it’s your storage room, but it also functions as a playroom, workout space, movie theater and maybe even man-cave. It’s a well-loved living space that deserves the same careful selection and attention to design as the rest of your house.
The floors you choose for your basement also need to be versatile and uniquely-crafted to stand up to the challenges of subterranean spaces. At LA, we have a durable option to suit every need.
BASEMENT FLOORING TRENDS
Whether you’re finally finishing your basement, refreshing your existing flooring or even designing your home from scratch, basement flooring is an exciting and sometimes-overlooked final touch that can transform your home’s lowest level from crypt to comfortable.
However, while modern flooring options like frieze carpet or hardwood are sweeping the market for updated home looks, the same flooring used for your upper levels may not be the best choice for your basement.
BASEMENT FLOORING CONSIDERATIONS
Basement often face exposure to brutal humidity and moisture risks. Even when your forecast is sunny, close proximity to the earth can create a moisture-rich environment that can buckle organic-material floors. In the worst-case scenarios, burst pipes and nasty weather patterns can result in the kind of indoor flooding that keeps your insurance company fat and happy.
- Does my floor need to absorb sound?
- Does this flooring require a sub-floor?
- Do I care about the temperature of the floor?
- How well will this floor dry out if it gets wet?
OUR TIPS FOR BASEMENT FLOORING
While it might be tempting to accentuate your basement with sweeping hardwood floors or luscious carpet, your basement’s utility is one of the most important factors when choosing a flooring.
Glazed ceramic tile is an extremely popular option for basements due to its vast design varieties and waterproof durability, but it can be chilly underfoot without added radiant heating. Vinyl flooring is warmer and provides a more resilient alternative to hardwood, while still maintaining an elegant appearance.