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Many of us in the Premier Tile Corporation service area are lucky enough to live where basements are the norm. Beyond the protection from severe weather that a basement can provide, there’s also the increased square footage of living space. Many of us use our basements on a regular basis for our everyday lives.

With so much time spent here, the basement has finally come into its own as a valued part of the home. Basements are now getting the same attention to design and décor that other parts of the home receive. A few things do set the basement apart though, and that’s the fact that it’s below grade and has a concrete subfloor. Those two facts make certain decisions even more important when finishing the area.

Concrete, Moisture & Flooring Choices

When it comes to durability, not much beats the concrete subfloor in your basement. But, the truth of the matter is, concrete is a porous material and can act like a wick. Most exterior basement walls are treated with a moisture barrier of some sort, but the same isn’t usually true of the concrete slab. High ground water and moist soil can create this wicking effect, causing basement floors to have a higher-than-normal moisture level.

Weather Facts for Basement Flooring

Midwesterners know that Mother Nature is fickle and changeable, often within minutes. During the spring of 2017, parts of the Midwest received an above average level of rainfall. This abnormal amount of moisture led to a lot of basements normally considered “dry” to take on water, whether just through an increased level of damp or from actual water intake. Parts of Missouri were hit especially hard and basement flooding was a reality for a lot of homes, with homeowners discovering that their original flooring choice was not able to withstand the additional moisture. Not every spring brings a high level of rainfall, but as always, weather is unpredictable and changeable. The best course of action is to choose flooring capable of handling less than favorable conditions.

Tile

Nothing matches tile, whether porcelain or ceramic, for providing options for style, size and color. Tile can mimic nearly any look, including wood. When installed correctly, your tile floor will likely last as long as your house. When the installation area is subject to moisture, even just in the effects of condensation, it’s a good idea to consider the slip resistance of the tile you choose. Your flooring retailer can help you locate the manufacturer’s information regarding this for the tiles you are considering.

Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP)

The warm look of wood is something nearly every basement could benefit from, but wood warps and contracts with moisture exposure. Laminate or engineered wood floors can sometimes provide an alternative, but extra care and cost may be needed to make them a viable option.

The most cost-effective option for getting the warmth of wood with the moisture resistance needed for a basement is luxury vinyl planks (LVP). Installation can range from glue-down to floating and many styles include a click-lock feature for faster installation. Care and maintenance are also easier than with many other flooring choices.

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When choosing a Luxury Vinyl Plank, here are a couple of things to keep in mind. Thickness of both the flooring and the attached pad plus the wear layer will contribute to the feel, soundproofing and durability of the floor.

Additional benefits LVP can provide:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-Scratch
  • Anti-Slip
  • High Water Resistance

Beating Mother Nature isn’t an option, but outwitting and outlasting is – at least when it comes to your basement flooring. Visit one of our showrooms or your preferred Premier Tile Corporation partner flooring retailer to see the colors and styles available and to learn more.