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Flooring Ideas For Basement

June 2 2018 , Written by Bryce Powers

Insert Color and Design with Carpet Tiles

If you want the comfort and warmth of carpet without the annoyance of wall-to-wall installation, then opt for self-adhesive carpet tiles. They're simple for DIYers to set up, they don't require a pad underneath, and they can be applied directly to clean dry concrete. Here, carpet tiles in white, brown, and two shades of red were laid down to create a random checkerboard design that performs up the room's trendy color scheme. For a less-attention-getting flooring covering, use one neutral color.

Seal Concrete Against Moisture

for this fashionable urban look, leave the concrete in its natural condition. Because concrete is quite porous, it will soak up anything that's spilled on it (think of petroleum patches on garage flooring). To ensure it is moisture-resistant, seal it with a transparent sealer made for use on concrete (check with a home improvement centre).

Play Up Concrete with Paint

If your concrete flooring is smooth, dry, and free of imperfections, look at playing this up with paint. This is the cheapest finishing option for basement flooring and is perfect for casual spaces. The secrets to success with painting concrete are a fully dry subfloor and primer and floor paint specially formulated for concrete. If you're building new, install a vapor barrier and gravel under the concrete subfloor to make certain it stays dry.

Engineered Wood for Cellar Floors

Get the appearance of genuine wood at the basement using an engineered-wood floor. Engineered wood includes two or more layers of wood laminated together, much like plywood (although not to be confused with laminate flooring). The surface is hardwood veneer and the lower layers are generally softwood. It is acceptable for below-grade installations since it shrinks and expands less than solid wood flooring.

Choose Ceramic Tile for Easy Care

Ceramic tiles set in groups of four and also set on the pectoral make a checkerboard pattern which visually expands this living room. Ceramic tile is available in many styles and colors and installs easily over concrete. Make sure to choose tiles fabricated for floor installation. As a basement flooring material, ceramic tile is durable, low-maintenance, and moisture resistant.

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