Basement Floor Options

When it comes to finishing your basement, the world is your oyster.  Your family’s basement can be made into anything: a man cave, movie theater, storage area, bowling lane, kids playroom, an extra living room, bedroom, small apartment, home gym, wet bar, small apartment for guests, wine cellar, laundry room, art studio, office space, or anything that suits the desires of your family.

You have a more limited scope when it comes to choosing basement flooring because they are typically damp, cold, dark, and are more prone to water damage from flooding.  Additionally, most basements are built on top of a concrete slab, which is why almost all basements are uneven. It is crucial to consider these factors when selecting flooring and furnishing.  What is the best basement flooring option for your family?

At Southern Illinois Epoxy we serve Carbondale, Marion, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Paducah, Sikeston, Mt. Vernon, Belleville, Columbia, Waterloo, O’Fallon, and more nearby communities.  We have finished thousands of basements — with the experience in this industry we will take your family’s basement to the next level.

What To Consider When Choosing Basement Flooring

It is important to firstly consider your budget.  Then assess the moisture levels and smoothness of the floor’s surface.  Then you want to ask yourself how you want the floor to look.  Lastly you should note how uneven the floor’s surface is.

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Basement Flooring 101

Because of the moisture and risk of flooding, hard materials like concrete and epoxy do much better than carpet.  Synthetic materials provide more functionality in the basement because organic materials like wood planks are more susceptible to mold, mildew, and rotting.  You want a one-lay floor, or monolithic floor system. Having just one layer rather than several is better because water, mildew, and mold love to live between the layers of the flooring.  For a finish that is meant to last, you may consider installing a subfloor system. This is an underlayment system that provides a more stable base. The best choices, by far, are epoxy flooring and stained concrete.

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Stained Concrete 

Stained concrete, in our opinion, is second only to epoxy flooring. Stained concrete is what you get when you combine polished concrete with Vincent Van Gogh. We use incredibly artistic designs and colors to create one-of-a-kind designs in your basement flooring. It’s non-traditional. It’s different. It’s the flooring system you’ve been waiting for.

The magic with stained concrete is that every floor is unique. No one will have the exact floor that you’ll have. We celebrate our artistic creativity by delivering this versatile, durable, stain resistant, and low maintenance flooring solution to clients all over Southern Illinois. If you’re looking for a solution that is good enough for industrial establishments, consider stained concrete.

While it is not as strong as epoxy, it is slightly cheaper – which is why we consider it a close second to epoxy. We use chemical and water-based stains to create artistic designs or to mimic natural elemental designs that are found in rock such as marble. Our polished and stained concrete will create a waterproof barrier. Our solution will prevent mold and dust and will protect your family.

Metallic Epoxy

Metallic epoxy is just like regular epoxy, except with one twist. We add show-stopping metallic pigments to create unbelievably vibrant designs. It provides the stain resistance, durability, and long-wearing characteristics of regular epoxy, while also providing an artistic surface. Light naturally bounces off the surface, so if you strategically place your lighting, you’ll have a very inviting, bright, and fantastically happy place to work and/or play.

We cannot think of one downside to metallic epoxy. It will last a lifetime. It will be the last flooring solution you will ever need.

Polished Concrete 

Polished concrete is cost-effective and a classic choice for basement floors because of its resistance to moisture, water, and scuffs from heavy tables and machinery. A dropped tool will not hurt the floor. Polished concrete also lasts much longer than traditional concrete, as it is non-porous and does not absorb moisture like traditional, porous concrete does.

Reduce stains and cracks with polished concrete today! It makes your work/play space non-slip and creates a hypoallergenic environment for you, your family, and your friends. Just think of bank lobbies, office building halls, and polished retail stores. They all probably have polished concrete to complete the surface.


Epoxy flooring is a durable, hard, shiny flooring option that will last.  Epoxy is a liquid that is made up of chemically fused hardeners and resins.  It is the strongest flooring option because it withstands spills, scratches, water, and even chemical damage.  It also has leveling properties, which is great to mitigate for the common disparate surface issues that basements have.  It is such durable flooring that it is even used in industrial settings to withstand heavy loads and chemical spills. It is also waterproof, so your basement will be protected from water damage.

This flooring comes in a variety of colors and styles, so you can tailor it to the exact aesthetic that you are going for in the basement.  It is near effortless to maintain, sweeping or vacuuming is the extent of regular cleaning. The smooth surface makes it quick and painless to clean dirt and dust.

Ultimately, epoxy flooring is your best bet for your flooring basement option.  With durability and longevity, epoxy is the smartest way to invest in any basement.

Final Thoughts on Basement Epoxy Flooring

If you have longevity in mind, you will choose a basement flooring option such as epoxy or stained concrete. 

Be sure to contact us here at Southern Illinois Epoxy for all your epoxy and basement flooring needs.  With over 15 years of professional flooring experience, we can provide you with the highest quality flooring.  We strive for perfection and promise the highest quality.

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