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Renovating and finishing your basement is a great way to add value to and invest in your home. Whether you want to turn it into an extra bedroom, or take advantage of the lack of light to create your own home theater, or any of the other options you could choose, remodeling your basement is always a good option. But when it comes time to pick the floors that you’ll want in your new finished basement, there are a couple very important things to consider. Here are the top 3 risks that you’ll want to keep in mind when flooring your new basement, from Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR.

Humidity and Moisture Levels

This is one of the biggest things that you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to flooring your basement. Basements are underground, so the moisture levels in the air and the humidity levels tend to fluctuate more broadly and generally be higher that in other parts of your home. This is the reason that flooring options such as hardwood, for example, are not recommended for flooring basements. Hardwoods tend to suck in the moisture from the air, causing the wood to warp and expand, and damaging your flooring. Choose a flooring option that won’t react poorly to these higher humidity levels when you’re choosing your basement flooring.

Fungus and Mold

The higher levels of moisture and humidity in basements also makes them an ideal location for the growth of things like mold and fungus, which react well to the damp and dark that are inherent to underground rooms. This is why carpeting is generally not advised for basements, because it can be the perfect environment for mold growth. Opt for a flooring option like linoleum instead, which is naturally anti-microbial.


You don’t have to live in a flood plain to know that basements are prone to flooding. There have been a number of times that the Willamette River has spilled into some local basements and ruined the flooring there. Keep this in mind when you’re choosing a flooring material, and opt for a water resistant choice such as vinyl.

To learn more about the basement flooring options available from Floor Coverings International of Portland and Vancouver, give us a call today!