Basement Flooring:
Options for Renovating

There are increasingly more green basement flooring options than you have probably dreamed about. We'll stick with the more popular traditional choices in this summary. One important thing you'll want to consider is how much wear your flooring will be subject to, and what might be the best for your lower level living.

* Will the particular room or rooms you are remodeling have daily wear and tear or even heavy traffic?

* Do you need to consider a soundproofing element (if you are living in a condo, for instance)?

* Is moisture a potential concern?

* Do any occupants of your home struggle with allergies or asthma? (If so, carpeting is not a first choice)

* What type of warranty comes with the flooring?

* What about the cost and durability of the basement flooring in question?

* Is slip resistance an important consideration?

Another important thing to check for are the types of glues or sealers used with the floor installation. Many outgas harmful VOCs that can affect everyone - but particularly those with any type of chemical sensitivity. Newer substances are available with low or no VOCs - do your homework here and don't be afraid to ask questions!

Basement Flooring Options

1. Resilient flooring, also known as sheet flooring.
Familiar types may be called vinyl, linoleum, cork or rubber flooring. Pros for this kind of flooring are its ease of installation, easy cleaning and maintenance, and comfort for standing and walking.

Cons include the use of adhesives to install (see above recommendations), possibility of curling or tearing and the need to repair any holes before they expand.

Carpeting is typically not a great choice for moisture prone basements, although if you have a dry basement, you might get by with it. We do have a dry basement, and we actually use carpet tiles - with no adhesive added.

If you opt for carpet, choose a green carpet or a shorter pile such as Berber which doesn't outgas as much as some carpets do. Remember, if you have an allergy or asthma sufferer, carpet is not recommended. Carpet can trap everything from dust mites and dirt, to bacteria and even mold. The cost will depend upon the style and quality of carpet you choose - as well as the type of underpaid you select.

For the rest of this post, please see Basement Flooring Options.

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