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.
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.