Are you creating the room of your dreams in your basement? Whether you’re renovating to create a basement apartment, home office, or a family room, one consideration you will make will be your flooring. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of flooring options when it comes to your basement. Unfortunately, due to basement’s vulnerability to moisture, some types of flooring are more susceptible to damage than others. One type of flooring that can be much more trouble than its worth in a basement is hardwood flooring.
THE PROBLEM WITH BASEMENT HARDWOOD FLOORING
As beautiful and timeless as hardwood floors are, the basement is not the best place for them. You may want to give your basement the homey yet sophisticated look of hardwood floors, but there are several reasons why you should reconsider installing them. First of all, moisture is a huge issue in NWA basements that can only be controlled so much. It varies quite a bit from season to season, so you are never really sure if your hardwood flooring is safe from flooding. Even something as small as fluctuations in humidity can cause hardwood flooring to warp and buckle. If you are dead set on hardwood flooring in your basement, while it is not ideal, it is possible to have beautiful floors for years to come, if you are willing to take the necessary precautions.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND
If you are determined to use hardwood, consider how you plan to use your basement floor, as well as your budget. Choosing a wood with a high Janka hardness rating is a good idea to ensure the durability of your basement floor. One great wood in terms of durability is Brazilian walnut. It has a Janka rating of 3,680, and is so durable that it is even used to build outdoor decks! If you are going to go with a hardwood floor in your basement, the higher the Janka rating, the better.
Any flooring in your NWA basement will need a waterproof finish, and it is particularly true for hardwood flooring. Additionally, veneers can do a lot to protect your hardwood flooring. Veneers come in a range of thickness, but in general, you want at least 2mm of thickness when it comes to your basement flooring. Most veneers range from .6mm to 4.5, but it is possible to find even thicker veneers, which may be a good call for basement flooring. The thicker the veneer, the better it will protect your floors.
Of course, there is only so much you can do to change the humid nature of the weather here in Northwest Arkansas. However, there are steps you can take before installing basement flooring to set yourself up for success. Make sure to check all of your pipes before installing your flooring to ensure that they are not susceptible to bursting. Additionally, it is a good idea to install a dehumidifier in the basement to regulate the humidity levels as much as possible, decreasing the chance of your floors will warp.
BETTER FLOORING OPTIONS
Though hardwood flooring is an elegant option for any room, when re-flooring your basement, there are choices that will require less maintenance and be less susceptible to damage.
LAMINATE WOOD FLOORING
If you want hardwood floors in your basement but don’t want to worry about the risk of warping, laminate wood flooring is an elegant solution. With laminate engineered wood, you can have the beauty of a genuine wood floor with the durability of laminate floors. All you have to do is make sure that the type you select is appropriate for below-grade basements. Texas Hardwood Flooring can help you find the right laminate wood flooring for your basement!
EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS
While not the most aesthetically pleasing, epoxy floor coating is the lowest cost and lowest maintenance option when it comes to basement flooring. If you are okay with hard surface flooring, epoxy floor coating is a great option for you, as you can get it in a variety of colors to meet the aesthetic of your basement. It is also completely waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about water damage.
Ceramic tile is a gorgeous way to address the moisture issue with basements without having to settle for less aesthetically pleasing options. Ceramic tiles come in so many different colors and styles, it is easy to customize it to your desires. Completely moisture resistant, ceramic tile is the perfect way to avoid the warping issue of hardwood floors.
Vinyl tile is a more affordable flooring option for basements that is incredibly resilient. Even if your basement does flood, oftentimes, vinyl is able to withstand the moisture with no issues. You can even invest in vinyl tile that mimics the appearance of ceramic, stone, or even wood.
Here at 7th Heaven Floors, we take the guesswork out of your flooring needs. Whether you need a new floor in your basement, your bedroom, or your entire home, we have got you covered. From Bella Vista to Fayetteville and everywhere in between, our floor installation services are bound to leave you happy with the state of your home.
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