The basement of a home or business often presents some unique design challenges. Here at Floor Coverings International Western NC, we have lots of experience helping customers choose the right flooring system for their basement. Check out our tips and flooring suggestions below to find out what’s right for your space in the greater Asheville & Hendersonville area.
What Makes a Basement Different?
Most basements are below grade, meaning partially underground. This change in atmosphere includes an increased amount of moisture in the air. This moisture might not be visible to the eye, but it can cause mold and mildew to build up in some types of flooring.
As the lowest point in a building, the basement is also the most likely place to see water damage from floods or leaks. If an accident occurs that leaves a pool of water on the floor, it can cause serious damage to many types of flooring.
Lastly, basements are colder and darker than other areas of a home or business. Even in the Asheville & Hendersonville area, basements can get chilly at certain times of the year. You can combat this with the right flooring material.
Choose the Right Flooring for Your Basement
Now that you’re familiar with the challenges a basement presents, it’s time to talk about flooring. Not every style of flooring can tackle every problem, but we’re confident that you’ll find the right style for your space. Here are some of our favorites:
Natural Stone Tile – Tile is a great option for basements with moisture or leak problems. Materials like ceramic, granite and travertine are virtually waterproof and extremely durable. The main downside of tile is that it often feels cold underfoot.
Engineered Hardwood – In the face of moisture, solid hardwood flooring is known to warp. Engineered hardwood is actually much better at dealing with fluctuating moisture levels. Each plank is constructed from thin layers of fiberboard and solid wood. These layers are able to expand and contract to some degree without lasting damage. Hardwood is also a softer and warmer flooring material than stone.
Luxury Vinyl – If you are looking for something a bit more affordable than tile or hardwood, luxury vinyl could be a great option. There are waterproof styles available, so you won’t have to worry about moisture damage. Vinyl is also soft and quite warm underfoot.
Contact us today at Floor Coverings International Western NC to learn more about our basement flooring styles!
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