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What is the Best Flooring for a Basement Cement Floor?

On top of having a window well for light in your basement, consider putting in new flooring, if your basement is just concrete. Both will provide warmth and give your home character.

Not sure what’s best? Stay tuned. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the best types of flooring to install.

What is the Best Flooring for Basements?

When it comes to padding your cold basement, the best flooring carries with it several options with which to choose and is entirely dependent on your desires. The only flooring not recommended would be solid hardwood and laminate flooring made with a fiberboard core that’s not treated for moisture resistance. Both types absorb moisture and will warp and buckle. Some options to consider include:

  • Engineered wood
  • Ceramic tile
  • Rubber
  • Laminate (made with moisture-resistant plywood core)
  • Epoxy floor coatings
  • Vinyl tile

Let’s delve more into the types of flooring, so you can decide what’s best for your home.

Different Types of Basement Flooring

1. Engineered Wood

You can have the best of both worlds with engineered wood flooring. You get the warmth and beauty of real wood, but with a stable, moisture-resistant benefit. All you need to do is click together the tiles and planks, once the ground is prepped. Note: ensure the type you choose is for below-grade basements.

2. Ceramic Tile

Designers love this type of flooring due to its versatility. You choose from many different colors and styles and eliminate the worry of moisture. You apply ceramic tile directly onto concrete that’s smooth and best of all, free of cracks.

3. Rubber Flooring

This flooring is popular with DIYs since it comes in sheets with interlocking edges you can easily install. You have many colors to choose that you can use to create some fun designs. Rubber floors are the perfect choice for families with children.

4. Epoxy Floor Coatings

If you want hard surface flooring, epoxy is a good choice. And, because it comes in many colors, it won’t be hard to find the perfect match. It’s also waterproof and easy to apply.

Vinyl Tile

This tile goes directly over prepared concrete and can withstand minor flooding with no adverse effects. It provides some cushioning underfoot and is less expensive than ceramic. If you want a vinyl that mimics ceramic, real stone, or even wood, spend a little extra on the vinyl tile; people won’t even know the difference.

Things to Consider

A concrete basement is porous and prone to moisture or water vapor coming up through the slab. Although the flooring is typically unaffected, you still need to ensure mold and mildew can’t grow underneath your basement flooring. Or in cases of flooding, ensure you have a sealed window well, preferably with a cover.

Try installing a vapor barrier, such as sheet plastic, or seal the slab with paint or epoxy coating made for damp concrete floors and walls. You can also raise the floor with a waterproof subfloor. It works by using interlocking plastic tiles elevated on grids, thus creating an air space below the floor.

Contact Windowell Expressions

In addition to new basement flooring, consider replacing your window wells or installing foundation liners. We can help you choose the best ones for your home, so call us today.


How Long Do Foundation Liners Last?

Your foundation is the most important part of your home. It’s the building blocks that support every room, door, and window. Foundation type is based on a variety of factors, such as your home’s design, its geographical location, soil and moisture conditions, and your city’s climate. Unfortunately, it can wear down over time, so it’s essential to invest in foundation liners.

Keep on reading to learn more about foundation liners. 

Understanding Your Home’s Foundation

Chances are, your home has one of the following four types of foundation:

Number One: Basement – These foundations are sought after because they can add value to your home. Cinder blocks are typically used to form walls, which keeps the basement waterproof. 

Number Two: Crawlspace: Homes with a crawlspace foundation are elevated off the floor by two feet, and it’s built with cinder block and brick facing. It’s best to use it in moist climates where water accumulates because its elevation can fight off water damage. This foundation is also less likely to experience a termite infestation. 

Number Three: Pier and Beam: This foundation consists of wood posts or concrete piers rooted deep into the ground to bear the weight of your house. They don’t rest on the ground, and they’re elevated by approximately 18 inches. Many homeowners choose this foundation because it’s easy to build, but it’s best only to use it on small homes. 

Number Four: Slab foundation is a flat, concrete pad that’s poured onto the ground while the house is in construction. Wire mesh and steel reinforcing bars are embedded in it. Homebuilders recommend using it in areas with a warm climate because it can shift in cold temperatures.

Benefits of a Foundation Liner

A foundation liner adds an extra layer of protection to your home. Although the foundation is already durable, nature’s elements can reduce its lifespan. A liner can protect it from rain, snow, sleet, hail, and debris, which can save you thousands in repairs. 

Foundation can last up to 50 years if it’s taken care of. A liner can last just as long, if not longer, which will increase your foundation’s life span. Moreover, they can complement your home’s aesthetics and accentuate your front yard. 

Even though a foundation liner can last several decades, this doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with the same one forever. Perhaps you’re interested in one that will make your home look like it’s made of stone. Who’s to say you’ll still be into this look a decade from now? Your taste will change over time, and your foundation liner can reflect your new style. 

Additionally, you’ll boost your home’s curb appeal with a liner, which will increase its value. Your home will be the center of attention in your neighborhood.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Are you ready to transform your home? A foundation liner will make your home look good as new. Windowell Expressions boasts a wide selection of foundation liners that come in different patterns, colors, and textures. Contact us today.