The basement of a home in the St. Louis, MO area has its own unique flooring requirements. There a few key things to consider, but the primary item is the level of moisture in the space. Most basements have a much higher level of humidity in the air than other parts of a home. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City are here to help you choose the right flooring material for your basement.
The Challenge of a Basement
Basements are often partially or completely below grade. This can make your basement vulnerable to several types of water damage. First, the humidity level in the basement tends to be higher than the rest of your home. Over time this can cause mold and mildew build up in certain types of flooring. Basements are also sites of occasionally leaks or floods. When these types of accidents happen, it can be a big help to have water-resistant floors that won’t be stained or warped by standing water.
Don’t forget about the design challenges that a basement can create. In order to make a dark, underground space feel larger it’s important to stick to light colors in your décor scheme. The same rule applies to your flooring.
Lastly, basements can be quite cold. Some people choose to stick with flooring that will help make their basement retain heat and feel warmer.
Basement Flooring Options
Here are a few of our favorite flooring materials for basements. Most options are either moisture resistant or completely waterproof.
Tile – Stone tile like ceramic and travertine are completely waterproof. They can feel cold underfoot, so add an area rug if you worry about the warmth of your flooring.
Luxury Vinyl – New styles of vinyl are more durable and totally waterproof. There are also tons of designs to choose from. Keep in mind they won’t add value to your home like natural stone.
Engineered Hardwood – If you want the look of hardwood, engineered is a safer bet for a basement than solid wood. It can expand or contract as moisture levels change, and it has a durable top layer that helps resist surface damage from moisture.
Laminate – Laminate offers a lot of the same benefits as engineered hardwood. The planks often imitate hardwood, but you can also choose laminate that looks like tile flooring.
Carpet – If you want a flooring material that keeps the space warm, carpet is a great way to go. Keep in mind that it’s not very moisture resistant. Stick with a low pile carpet with a tight looped design. These styles are better at keeping moisture at bay than most carpeting.
If it’s time for new basement flooring in your home, contact us today at Floor Coverings International Arch City! We offer free in-home consultations and estimates.
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