shutterstock_223629412Basements tend to be some of the most underutilized rooms in many houses. This is because for so many people, going to the trouble of finishing a basement is just too much hassle and headache. But by taking the time and making the investment in finishing your basement, you’ll gain more room and more space and add huge resale value to your property. Whether you use it as a man cave, a bar area, a kid’s room, a media room, a guest room, or any of the many other possibilities for this opportune space, you’ll want to start renovating it from the ground up. But what are the best flooring options for your basement? Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland is here with the answers!


Carpet Squares


Nothing warms up the cold and dank of a basement space like a good carpet. Carpet turns a basement from cave-like to cozy. But unfortunately, basements are prone to moisture and humidity, making them less than ideal for traditional carpet styles. Laying carpet squares over concrete is a great way to make the basement feel homey and warm without the risk of moisture and mildew. You can more easily remove, replace, and deep clean carpet squares if they become stained or come in contact with dampness.


Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Traditional solid hardwood flooring is far too reactive to moisture and humidity to be installed in basements, since the wood will warp, gap, and cup. But if you’re looking for hardwoods in your basement, don’t despair! Engineered hardwood is the solution to this basement-flooring dilemma. Engineered hardwood floors feature much greater dimensional stability than traditional hardwood floors, since they are formed from many pieces of woof that are adhered together, rather than a solid plank. This means that engineered hardwood can be installed below grade, like in your basement! Engineered hardwoods will bring a touch of class to a much-maligned space, and add character to your home.


Linoleum Flooring


Linoleum is a very popular basement flooring option due to its durability, resistance to moisture, and budget-friendly price tag. Linoleum is not the same thing as vinyl, so if you’re put off by vinyl’s reputation then don’t worry. Linoleum is made from solidified linseed oil, which is made from flax. This means that linoleum is actually a natural and ecofriendly flooring choice, so it’s good for the earth as well as your wallet. Linoleum comes in a wide range of styles, colors, and patterns, and will stand up well to the fluctuations in humidity and moisture risks that come with basements.


When you need someone to help you floor your basement, be sure to call the experts here at Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR!


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