Basement Remodels: Should You Choose Carpet or Hard Flooring?
If you’re looking for a way to get more space in your Minnesota home, a basement transformation is one of the best ways to make it happen. Depending on the size and location of your basement, the possibilities for what you can use your basement for are pretty diverse.
If you need to add a bedroom, a basement can be a fantastic solution, offering privacy and plenty of space. If you’ve been dreaming of adding a game room or rec room to your home, there’s plenty of potential downstairs. From craft rooms to offices, the options are practically limitless.
In this post from Home Pro Transformations in Rochester, we’re taking a closer look at the best flooring options for your basement from carpet to hard flooring solutions. Check out this breakdown and then give our home remodeling pros a call to get started on your basement remodel today.
Should You Use Carpet in a Basement?
Since all basements are below ground floor level, choosing the right type of flooring for your basement requires special consideration. No matter how well-built your remodeled basement is, due to the nature of its location, there is always going to be a greater chance of moisture infiltration at some point.
For example, your home may at some point experience a flood or some type of groundwater intrusion. Depending on the likelihood of this happening in your home, organic materials like carpet and hardwood may be a bad option as they can break down, rot, or harbor mold when exposed to moisture.
That said, most well-finished basements tend to remain pretty dry barring extreme unforeseen circumstances. Raised subfloors and humidifiers can be an excellent deterrent to the problems posed by basement moisture as well. If you’re set on having carpet or hardwood in your basement, talk to your contractor about whether it’s the right fit for your home and basement design.
Hard Basement Flooring Solutions
By far, hard, inorganic flooring materials are the most reliable flooring solution for any rooms that are below ground level. While it’s true that inorganic floors can experience mold growth, the flooring material beneath it will be largely unaffected and won’t break down the way organic materials would. The best basement flooring materials are also monolithic, as added layers can create a pocket that harbors moisture.
All of these flooring systems are a better fit than hardwood or carpet for basement floors:
- Concrete floors
- Seamless sheet vinyl
- Porcelain tiles
- Ceramic tiles
- Engineered hardwood floors
Design Your Basement Remodel With Home Pro Transformations
Are you ready to get more use out of your basement? Give Home Pro Transformations a call to speak with our team at 507.361.2160 or contact us online to schedule an onsite estimate or virtual meeting.