There are many different types and styles of flooring to decide from when doing any home remodeling projects especially a basement renovation because you are in a colder and damper area of your house. So there are some things to consider like moisture and temperature. Thankfully there are many options to choose from, in many budget areas that can vary from room to room.
When doing a basement remodeling, carpet can be the least expensive in comparison to some of the other alternatives. It is warmer to the bare foot and softer to walk on. The downfall is that over time the heavy traffic areas show more wear, dirt and bacteria over time seeps through the carpet and padding and can not be cleaned out totally and will constantly work its way back through as its being walked on. Keep in mind that water can cause permanent damage unless it's fully extracted immediately. If not mold and mildew will occur.
In my opinion a short napped carpet along with, quality padding is a good selection. It is practically indestructible. The new stain repellant products that are built right in an do a good job of protecting the carpet from spills. And for those who have dogs, their claws are less likely to get hung up in the loops. This can damage Berber styles along with your pet's nails.
Tile is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and even workout rooms. These are the most durable flooring styles especially where water is involved. Simply mop it up and go. If a tile is damaged it can be resolved simply with removing a single tile and replacing it. Also with today's built in mildew and stain guards, your grout can be maintained easily. The downfall to tile is it's colder and more costly than vinyl or carpet. The upside to that is ceramic flooring can have thermostat controlled heating installed at the same time as the tile making the basement floors warmer.
Laminate and engineered flooring are very beautiful and look good along with giving you good flow throughout your basement. Both types are more expensive than carpet and equal or cheaper than ceramic tile. Both floors are installed over a moisture resistant padding and connected only to each other with glue or its own self-locking system. The floor is floating above your cement and held down by trim and transition strips at the edges. This allows the floor to expand and retract with temperature and moisture levels. Floors are cooler than carpet but warmer than ceramic tile due to the padding. If basement flooding occurs both laminate and engineered flooring will both be damaged and can be repaired if the same color is available. However, the materials dye lot could have been changed or if the manufacturer has made changes then you may want to replace the floor.
Laminate is made of sawdust then compressed and heated, and then is covered with a picture of the finish and a tough clear coating. Virtually dent less and scratch proof. This is a very sturdy material and great for the entire basement, especially workout rooms and playrooms.
Engineered flooring is real wood veneer on top of plywood with a finish and clear coating. It can scratch like conventional wood flooring but cannot be refinished. The finish is fairly tough also but not as tough as laminate flooring.
Interlocking foam rubber flooring is great for putting directly over ceramic tile, laminate or engineered flooring and even can be placed directly over of concrete or plywood sub floor. This flooring is ideal for your workout room. It is durable and absorbs shock from heavy objects being dropped on the flooring that may cause damage to the floor or the objects dropped. They come in a variety of colors and can be put down in a specific design to help keep you motivated during your workout.
Acid staining is a beautiful and unique floor. No two are ever the same. If your existing concrete is smooth enough your floor is simply cleaned of any sealers and dirt. Then an acid stain is etched into your existing floor coated with a clear coat sealant. Grout lines can be cut into your floor to create a boarder or large granite tile look. Acid stained concrete is only as destructible as your concrete floor. It is cold like ceramic tile so throw rugs are helpful along with creating nice decoration. If your floor is not perfect, which most aren't. The imperfections and cracks add character to your new basement remodel. Acid staining can be priced less than tile flooring or laminate flooring. Unless your concrete is in real bad shape you can do an overlay, which allows you to add thermostat controlled heating underneath. It also gives you a smoother more consistant look with the color and texture.
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