What is the Ideal Flooring for a Basement?

Brookline Homeowner Seeks Advice

ceramic tile

Most home basements are below ground, leaving them dark and damp.  Some are even susceptible to flooding during large amounts of rain.  For these reasons, the best flooring choices for a basement are moisture resistant.  These include ceramic tile, engineered hardwood, rubber and laminate.  Each of these options will offer the best choice of deterring mold and mildew growth, even in a damp basement.

A homeowner in Brookline, NH was looking to replace her basement flooring.  The basement had high levels of humidity.  She contacted Cardoza Flooring looking for suggestions.

Moisture Resistant Flooring the Best Option for Basements

Some flooring types, including solid hardwood, will warp and buckle in areas of high moisture.  Plush carpets can retain moisture in extremely humid areas, leading to mold growth.  For a basement it is important to choose a floor that can hold up to high levels of moisture.  One good choice for a basement floor is ceramic tile.  Tile is unaffected by moisture and comes in a variety of colors and styles to choose from.

Unlike natural hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood is constructed to be moisture resistant.  Some types of engineered hardwood are better rated for below-ground basements, so check with a flooring expert first.  Laminate flooring is very resilient and can even withstand minor flooding without damage.  A unique option for basements is rubber flooring.  This comes in many different colors and is often nicely cushioned for your comfort.

Regardless of Your Flooring Choice, Try to Keep the Humidity Levels Low

High humidity levels in the basement can lead to problems that extend well beyond the flooring.  The ultimate goal should be to reduce these humidity levels.  The homeowner in Brookline opted to go with a laminate floor.  While the floor can withstand the moisture levels, she has begun running a humidifier in the basement.