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Remodel Basement Ready to remodel your basement? Finishing your basement can add both extra room and value to your home. Regardless of what your vision is for this untapped space – guest room, home office, exercise gym, family room – we offer basement flooring options best suited to your lifestyle. A Few Things to Consider When Choosing a Basement floor With the exception of solid hardwood, nearly every type of flooring can be installed in your basement. However, to complete the project you may have to deal with an uneven subfloor or problematic moisture. If your basement is out of level, you can use a self-leveling cement to create an even subfloor or purchase a flooring product that “floats” above the subfloor. The vast majority of basements are constructed using concrete, one of the most durable materials available to home builders. One of concrete’s few weaknesses is porousness, meaning it allows water to seep through the slab floor and foundation walls. Particularly in older homes, moisture can also enter the basement through cracks in the foundation or at the joint between the foundation and exterior walls. The easiest solution to combating moisture is to install a waterproof underlayment above the subfloor to ensure your new flooring doesn’t suffer from water damage. You can also opt to raise or “float” your floor off the concrete. The air gap between the installed flooring and foundation slab encourages moisture to dissipate. Here are a few of your best basement flooring options: Luxury Vinyl Tile with Stone Visuals The cool floor that is warm underfoot. Luxury vinyl tile comes in a variety of stone designs in slate, marble, ceramic and travertine that reflect the coolness of a sub-level space. Unlike traditional stone and ceramic flooring, luxury vinyl resists breakage when items are dropped. It also absorbs sound to give your basement a quiet, peaceful vibe. Browse Luxury Vinyl Tile Luxury Vinyl Plank with Wood Visuals Get the beauty of natural hardwood that is both waterproof and easy to install. Luxury vinyl plank is an ideal choice for those seeking a rustic, classic look for their basement. Choose the installation option that “floats” above your subfloor to avoid adding a protective underlayment. The great advantage of luxury vinyl plank is that it molds to the floor underneath and is very forgiving to uneven surfaces. Browse Luxury Vinyl Plank Laminate Durable, resilient laminate can be placed anywhere in your home, including basements. Laminate maintains its beauty even in high-traffic areas and through normal changes in temperature, light and humidity levels. Choose from a variety of striking visuals including hand-scraped wood, stone and other natural designs. DIY-easy laminate boards simply lock and fold together directly over concrete with no special tools or adhesives. Browse Laminate Engineered Hardwood Engineered hardwood allows you to enjoy the beauty of wood flooring in your finished basement. The multi-ply construction of genuine wood over a stabilized core makes engineered hardwood less susceptible to shrinking and expanding. Like all Armstrong hardwood floors, engineered hardwood flooring comes in a wide variety of domestic and exotic wood species, stains and surface treatments. Browse Engineered Hardwood Vinyl Sheet/Tile Versatile vinyl sheet flooring is an ideal option for finished basements. It performs beautifully in both high-traffic and moisture-prone areas. Vinyl sheet with fiberglass backing lies perfectly flat over a concrete slab without adhesive. Out cutting-edge print technology produces beautiful vinyl flooring with realistic-looking designs that replicate woods, stones and other natural materials. Browse Vinyl Sheet Browse Vinyl Tile Want more basement flooring ideas? Not sure what flooring type is best for your basement? Use our Floor Finder tool to help you choose the best flooring based on your lifestyle. Answer a few simple questions about durability, design, installation and budget and we’ll match you with the flooring that’s ideal for your basement remodel. With these basement flooring ideas, you’ll love entertaining family and friends in your beautiful, new lower level room. Try Floor Finder


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The Best Garage Flooring Options Good ideas for the toughest flooring in your house. The Best Kitchen Flooring Options Whatever you dish out, these kitchen flooring ideas can take it. The Best Bathroom Flooring Ideas The best bathroom flooring ideas combine performance with good looks. Workshop Flooring Options Check out these flooring options for a garage or workshop. Keep in mind the importance of durability and how the material chosen will influence work efficiency. What’s the Best Kitchen Floor Tile? If you’re looking at classic floor tile for your kitchen, you won’t be disappointed. Kitchen Flooring Options Laminate or tile are not your only kitchen flooring choices. Rubber, concrete and even brick are just a few of the stylish choices available. 13 Clever Space-Saving Solutions and Storage Ideas 13 Photos 7 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options Instead of standard carpeting, consider these environmentally-friendly options. Hard Surface Flooring Options There are many options when it comes to choosing a floor for a room. Soft Surface Flooring Options In the market for new carpet? Read these tips about the different options and materials that are commonly available.


If you like the idea of hardwood flooring in your basement, it’s possible to install something very similar, but solid hardwood flooring is a disaster waiting to happen. Engineered hardwood flooring is a possibility, but an even better option is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is viable flooring option in a basement area because most manufacturers offer a very dense and thin cushion that insulates and quiets down the laminate sound of an engineered product. Some manufacturers make foam products for laminates, too. Don’t think, however, that you can go out and buy the cheapest laminate flooring out there and make it work. Laminate flooring for the basement is specifically manufactured to withstand the moisture of the basement, and buying the wrong grade will lead to problems. Plus, if you do buy an inferior product, laminate flooring is notoriously difficult to repair.


Kids' Playroom Safety and sound issues are foremost in this room, and carpet emerges as the best choice. It cushions kids' falls and takes the noise level down a notch. Some carpet is made from yarn that's virtually nonabsorbent, which allows spills to be cleaned easily. Entryway Any type of floor covering will work in this area, since most people wipe their feet off on a mat before entering the house. "If it's a high-traffic house with several kids and pets, I'd be more concerned with scratching (the flooring) than moisture," Jennings says. "Hardwood's still a good look for many homes, as well as ceramic tiles." Bedroom The most private room in the house is still the domain of carpet, which dampens sound and feels softer underfoot than other floor coverings. "Carpet is textile for the floor," Jennings says. "The construction of the fiber itself dictates how it performs underfoot. Choosing plush pile versus Berber is a cosmetic choice. Someone older, who's more tentative on their feet, wants a firm feel underneath, so a harder finished carpet is best to avoid slippage." Image courtesy of Shaw Floors Dining Room In most cases, the dining room is attached to the kitchen, so it makes sense to simply extend the flooring from one room to the next, whether you choose wood flooring, tile or cork. Image courtesy of Pergo Guest Bedroom While carpet is a popular choice for the bedroom, wood flooring, whether hardwood, engineered or laminate, can be a great alternative for a guest bedroom if you're looking to add style. Choose a warm color and a defined texture to up the coziness factor. Add a premium underlayment for maximum sound reduction. Image courtesy of Pergo Library or Study A study or reading room should exude a sense of elegance and formal serenity. Wood floors in dark, rich colors help make that statement. If you're on a budget, laminate is an affordable alternative to the real thing. Image courtesy of Pergo Living Room The flooring options for living rooms are many and should match the style of the house. Hardwood is timeless, and slate, terra cotta and carpet are also good choices. Bathroom Water splashed from the tub or shower and the high humidity in this room require flooring that won't be affected by moisture. Laminates and hardwood floors, which absorb moisture, aren't recommended, but ceramic tile is a good choice. And if you use natural stone or marble, seal them with a protective coating. Image courtesy of Daltile Media Room When watching television and movies or listening to music, the acoustics of a room are a factor. You don't want to disturb others in adjoining rooms, and at the same time you want to enjoy hearing what you're listening to. Carpet and cork are good choices where acoustics count. Avoid hardwood. Basement and Below Grade Before installing any flooring option, make sure there are no moisture issues with the concrete slab. If there are, laminate and wood wouldn't be good choices, because they tend to absorb water. Resilient vinyl floors are often used in basements because vinyl is unaffected by moisture and is low maintenance. Engineered wood or laminate flooring, above a moisture barrier, will also work. If moisture isn't an issue, carpet will help keep the room warm. Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon Kitchen Wood flooring and tile are popular choices for the kitchen, which may be affected by liquids hitting the floor during cooking, but Tom Jennings, technical adviser and former chairman of the World Floor Covering Association, recommends cork for those who cook a lot. "Cork has a similar finish to laminate but has resiliency, which matters if you're going to be on your feet a lot," he says. Cork is virtually nonabsorbent and moisture-proof, and it won't burn. It comes in many patterns, making for a unique look. Jennings says the problem with using ceramic tile in the kitchen is that it adds weight and thickness to the floor, which can cause clearance issues with the refrigerator or stove areas.

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