When it comes to remodeling your basement, the flooring is one of the first things to consider. Why, you may ask? Well, primarily because it can dictate everything from your wall and trim color all the way to what you can put in your basement. Here are a few things to consider.
First, what is most important to you? Most basements are the coolest temperature room in the home. So if warmth is important, carpet may be the way to go. Second, are you using the basement for entertaining or are you going for a second living area? Entertainment may force you to lean towards an easily cleanable option such as tile or luxury vinyl. A second living space may have you going for a combination of carpet and a hard surface option.
So what are we seeing most right now? We are getting a large request for luxury vinyl flooring. We recommend US Floors COREtec Plus 5" Plank product. Check them out here to see their website. Why COREtec? Primarily for their construction/build method and that the product has a limited lifetime warranty in a residential installation. Finally, because if something were to happen and water got in the basement you simply pull the floor up in the necessary area, dry everything properly, and lay the floor back down. COREtec is not glued down and it sits directly on top of most hard surface floors without much if any necessary prep work
Another flooring option that we are getting more requests on frequently is tile that is designed and made to look like wood. You get all the advantages of a warm and inviting wood look with the ease and maintenance of tile. Really the best of both worlds. I won't add a picture to this because frankly, it looks like wood. Shocker, I know!
Morale of the story, you don't have to automatically go with carpet in the basement. Check out LVT and tile options. You never know, you may like the price point and what you see. If you need help with the installation or design, let us know, we would be happy to lend a hand!