Tile is an excellent basement flooring option. It will not sustain water damage from leaks, sewer problems or excess humidity. It is durable and easy to clean, making it the perfect place to drop messy gear, laundry or pet products. And it is available in a wide variety of materials and styles.
Following is an overview of some of the top tile options you may want to consider for this area of the home from your team at Floor Coverings International.
Ceramic tiles are available in numerous shapes, sizes and styles. No matter what type of basement ambiance you want to create, you can do it with ceramic tile. Best of all, ceramic tiles are impervious to water damage. If flooding occurs, you simply have to drain the water and dry the tiles.
With all the benefits, however, ceramic is quite cold and hard. It does not help insulate the basement and it can amplify noise from activity, music or television. Many homeowners like to warm up a tiled room with cozy area rugs. You get the benefits of a tiled floor with the comfort of a soft carpet.
Wood-Look Tile Planks
Wood-look porcelain tile closely resembles the look of real wood and has become very popular in recent years. If you are interested in installing hardwood below grade but fear the threat of water damage, wood-look tiles could be the perfect solution. With many of the same benefits of ceramic tile, this option also brings an element of sophistication to the room. Wood-look tile can be more costly than ceramic, both in materials and installation, but the finished look is often well worth the investment.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Luxury vinyl tile can be a good compromise to get many of the benefits of tile with a softer, more forgiving surface. Luxury vinyl tile can imitate almost any type of hard floor covering, from wood to stone. These tiles can also hold up to a great deal or wear and tear, although they may not be as water-resistant as the options listed above.
When selecting a flooring option for the basement, there are many things to consider. If water damage is not a concern, then carpeting may be the best way to create a cozy space in this typically colder area of the home. However, for homeowners that do contend with water issues in the basement, there are many practical and stylish tile options to choose from.
If you are interested in learning more about basement flooring options, contact the professionals at your local Floor Coverings International. We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom so you can browse samples in the comfort of your own basement – or any room in the home!
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