New Flooring for your basement can revitalise not only the room, but also the whole house.
The basement is an incredibly diverse room in your house. It can act as an extra bedroom, a useful storage space, a new office for your home business or you can even a chill-out room and home cinema! To bring out the best in all of these possibilities, the choice of home flooring is critical.
Planning your Basement Layout
If you are using your basement mainly fort storage and not as an additional bedroom you will need to make the decision between hard flooring like Vinyl and Laminate that will be incredibly hard wearing and easy to clean, but can be damaged by heavy items being stored. Alternatively you can use carpets to allow you to store heavier items with less wear-and tear
Use your imagination when deciding on flooring! To bring something new to your room consider painting with added patterns using masking tape. Ultimately, if you don’t like the results, you can just repaint.
For many, the basement is a perfect place to expand living space because it is often an incredibly large and under-utilised room in the house.
If this room is for children, you will need a soft but durable floor. Although carpet is often not recommended for basements because of the risk of high moisture and floods, proper waterproofing should protect the basement, provide additional cushioning for the room and help keep the basement warmer.
If you are intending on making a family room or entertainment room, hardwood floors, vinyl and laminate can often make a room feel more welcoming and are easier to manage in a basement.
Basements often include a sub-floor layer to increase the insulation in the room. However, this does not protect your basement from moisture and flooding and extended exposure can result in dangerous wood rot to your flooring and subfloor.
Read more below to get more information on how to waterproof your basement flooring…
Waterproofing the Basement
Regardless of whichever basement flooring you choose, waterproofing your basement prior to installation will protect your floor, home and belongings. If you have noticed repeated moisture problems, or have had a leak or flood, it is best to consult a basement waterproofing professional. A professional will give you a recommendation for the best waterproofing method for your situation.
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