Renovating the basement level of a home requires a great deal of attention to both level of moisture that is present and the primary purpose of the room. When deciding on basement flooring options one should seek materials that will be water resistant. There are a number of great flooring options that serve a functional and aesthetically pleasing purpose.
Once you have taken the proper steps to ensure the moisture level is controlled and the floor has been inspected for any noticeable flaws such as slope or cracks, you are ready to begin deciding on flooring.
Many homeowners utilize their renovated basements as additional family rooms or home theaters. Almost 28% of basements used for this purpose opt for the softer more sound proof appeal of carpet. It is typically installed by a professional either wall-to-wall, in carpeted squares, or simply concentrated on one area and divided between another flooring option such as ceramic tile,epoxy paint, or even a stained concrete.
Ceramic tile is another alternative that is both cost-effective and easy to install without the help of a professional floor-installer. There are an array of colors and pattern options that offer the homeowner more designing alternatives. Ceramic tile is durable, easy to clean, and typically lasts the duration of the home but can be slippery if condensation readily occurs and may require and anti-slip finish to ensure safety.
One of the most cost effective and trendy alternatives to basement flooring is to keep the existing concrete visible and either use an epoxy paint finish or seal-able stain. Epoxy paint and concrete stains also come in a variety of colors and are one of the least expensive and easiest flooring options to use in a basement renovation. The epoxy finish has a built in anti-slip solvent and adhesive coating that ensures even the heaviest traffic areas will remain durable without having to do frequent touch-ups. While stain is another decorative, durable alternative, it does show wear in heavier traffic areas and need touch-ups every 3-5 years.
These are just a few of the many alternatives available to homeowners wanting to turn their unused basement space into a useable, fun area of the home.