If you are going to renovate a house or move into a new home, then you probably have many questions in mind: from the flooring in each room to the furnishings and overall interior. Make sure you think of the flooring in the basement as well. The location is more specific and you have to consider the flooring that you will install there.
What are the factors in choosing the best types of basements and damp flooring?
Basements are rooms that many times are damp, dark, cold, and can be flooded. Many people make the mistake of putting on the cheapest flooring because the place is not particularly visible. However, such a compromise should not be made, because, in the event of an accident or the first more serious wetting, you will need to repair or replace it again. We know that the process of choosing a basement floor can be difficult, but in the next few paragraphs, we will try to help you in making the right choice for your home.
Factors to consider
There are many options for laying concrete flooring. However, the higher the quality of the floor, as well as the availability of additional features (thickness, noise insulation, etc.), the higher the price. You need to calculate how many boards (square footage or linear feet) you will need to estimate how much you will need to spend on the basement floor.
This is the paramount factor that you need to start exploring and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of flooring in any price range. However, keep in mind that in most cases the higher price may be worth it because it is possible to open a double job and to get more expensive if you price too low on the flooring.
How will you use the basement?
It is important to determine the purpose of the basement. This is the first step before you begin to look at and choose the flooring for your home. Think carefully about how you intend to adapt it and make the right decision.
There are many options, but you may want to ask yourself some of these basic questions:
- Will you be using the basement for a game room?
- If you have small children, will they be rolling on the floor and running around the room and playing in there?
- Do you plan to have fitness equipment in the basement?
- Do you plan on it being your family room?
- Will you use it as an office?
- Will it be used for storage or as a laundry room?
- Will it be adapted as more of your home, like a guest room?
Who will use the basement?
The purpose of the basement is an important factor for choosing a basement floor, but also who will be using it. It makes a difference whether it will be you, having it for an office, whether you will welcome guests there, whether your young children or teenagers will be constantly around, etc.
Again, here are several questions that you need to answer:
- Should the flooring be waterproofed?
- Is the basement wet or has it leaked before?
- Is there a risk of water damage and flooding?
- Is the softness of the floor in the room important?
- What is the type of the main flooring – plywood, concrete, or other?
- Is the floor even?
- At what level is the floor?
- What should be the temperature of the room?
Remember that the best choice for a basement floor is an individual decision according to the priorities and needs of each family and every budget. All of these questions will give you some guidance before you make a final decision on the type of flooring for your basement.