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.
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.
Kitchen Flooring Options
A premium choice, hardwood flooring is durable enough to last a lifetime, while adding real value to your home. Most homeowners prefer hardwood floors for their striking natural colors, richly detailed grain patterns and their one-of-a-kind elegant style. Hardwood alone contributes a variety of unique kitchen design ideas – exotic tropical and traditional domestic species, wide-plank, authentic hand-sculpted and distressed planks – all with the richness and character you demand for your home.
Luxury vinyl – Achieve high-end looks with two kitchen design ideas in luxury vinyl. Luxury vinyl tile in our Alterna and Alterna Reserve collections captures the realism of beautiful, natural stone and ceramic, while providing a soft surface that feels warm and comfortable underfoot. Luxury vinyl plank accurately represents real hardwood colors and textures in a vinyl product that’s easy to install and waterproof.
Vinyl sheet – Innovative print technology in our Duality™ Premium Plus and Duality Premium vinyl sheet floors captures realism so true to nature that floors look like actual stone and hardwood. When you factor in excellent durability and superior stain protection, it’s no surprise that vinyl ranks high among great kitchen design ideas.
Laminate – If low-maintenance and durability are important in your floor-buying decision, then explore the many options available in laminate floors. Not only is laminate highly durable, it offers real wood and stone looks at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Vinyl tile – a DIY favorite, vinyl tile comes in an amazing assortment of patterns and styles that make it easy to customize the floor you want. Vinyl tile has a long-lasting finish that resists scratches and scuffs, plus a protective layer that guards against rips, tears and gouging. It’s affordable and easy to maintain, making vinyl tile a great value.
In all of these kitchen design ideas, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect floor to complement your cabinetry, countertops, appliances and, most importantly, your lifestyle and budget.