Top 5 Basement Flooring Options
Most properly installed types of basement flooring can stand up to high levels of humidity and damp conditions. Almost any kind of flooring is appropriate to install in a below-grade basement. Discover the most popular ideas for basement flooring and their price.
More than 28% of basement floors in newly built homes are finished with carpeting. They are warm and provide additional level of soundproofing. The cost of carpet is $1-$3 per sq. ft. or about $1,200 – $2,400 for a 600 sq. ft. basement considering professional labour and tools. Opt for carpet nylon tiles that cost $2- $4 per sq. ft. With integral pads and self-adhesive backings, they are easy for DIY installation.
Concrete: Paint or Stain
It is the most cost-effective way to refinish your concrete floor. A good-quality epoxy, can require sealing or etching your basement floor. A one-gallon can of either coating option is about $30 and covers about 80-100 sq. ft. A concrete paint is an excellent solution in a high-traffic areas, and needs to be re-applicated every 3-5 years.
It is common flooring option for basements installation as it is easy-to-clean, durable, moisture-proof and available in enormous variety of colours, patterns and styles. The thicker vinyl the higher its quality and cost. Expect to pay $1 to $5 per sq. ft for sheet vinyl and vinyl tile plus another $1-2 per sq. ft. for its professional installation.
It mimics the look of wood, stone and ceramic tile. It is moisture-resistant and easy for installation as the pieces snap together and float over the concrete floor on a foam pad. The price of laminate is $3-5 per sq. ft.; add another $4-5 per sq. ft. for a professional installation.
– Ceramic Tiles
Save your money in the long run with this option. Installing tile flooring in your basement is your best choice. Though it is more expensive, but very long lasting and durable. It is readily installed over a concrete slab and can last for ages (if it’s properly installed and maintained), easily cleaned up after a flood or leak. If there is an issue with condensation, opt for glazed ceramic floor tiles with an anti-slip finish. Costs for ceramic tile vary with different sizes, shapes and patterns. A standard one might cost 80 cents per tile, professional installation adds $5-10 per sq. ft.