Can Laminate Flooring Be Installed in a Basement?

Can Laminate Flooring Be Installed in a Basement?

Nashua, NH Homeowner Looks for New Floor

Laminate flooring is not typically a good choice for basements due to the risk of flooding and high humidity levels.  Traditional laminates are made with a waterproof layer and fiberboard backing.  The fiberboard is vulnerable to moisture and humidity.  If wet, this backing can warp or even mold and rot.  Basements can be vulnerable to flooding, from storms and wild weather to leaking appliances.  When wet, the damage to laminate flooring can be irreversible.

A homeowner in Nashua was looking to install a new floor in his basement.  With laminate in mind, he sought the advice of Cardoza Flooring.

Subterranean Levels Not Well Suited for Traditional Laminate Flooring

A basement’s subfloor is typically concrete surrounded by the earth.  Depending on rainfall, humidity and other weather factors, the ground can hold high levels of moisture.  This moisture can slip through the ground and cracks in the concrete, adding moisture to the flooring.  When traditional laminate is used as the flooring, high moisture levels can cause the floor to warp or rot.

There are some new laminate materials that are manufactured to be water resistant.  This laminate flooring is made with a solid plastic core, instead of fiberboard. 

A Better Choice for Your Basement Floor

A floor that is naturally impervious to water is a better choice for the basement.  Vinyl flooring, including luxury vinyl tile or planks, are durable and moisture-proof.  This flooring comes in a variety of styles and colors, adding versatility in your design.

Low-pile carpets, such as Berber, with nylon blends can also be a good choice for the floor of a finished basement.  A pad can be placed beneath the carpet to block any moisture from seeping through the concrete and into the carpeting.

The homeowner in Nashua was convinced.  Instead of laminate flooring for his basement, he opted to install luxury vinyl planks.  The new floor looks great and he will not have to worry about water damage with this new floor.