Basement Wood Floors
Hardwood floors are great in just about any room of the house, with the exception of the bathroom due to high moisture content. Although many people choose to have hardwood flooring installed in the basement, for a family room, office, or bedroom, you could also be faced with challenges there too specific to moisture.
For this reason, if you want to install hardwood flooring in the basement, you need to keep humidity and moisture factors in mind. Typically, solid wood is concern in that the moisture could create problems such as warping, fading, cracking, and so on. For this reason, we recommend you choose engineered hardwood or parquet, which looks and feels like real wood but with characteristics that can accommodate moisture.
Another option if you want the look and feel of wood but a material that would work well in the basement would be to choose laminate that has color, grain, and pattern to resemble wood. The good thing about choosing laminate is that new materials and techniques almost guarantee a perfect floor. You will find a wide range of design options and the installation can be done by a professional or a do-it-yourselfer.
When choosing any type flooring for the basement, try to purchase the highest quality you can afford. Since chances are this part of the home will get significant use, you want flooring that will maintain its beauty and last for years. For instance, if you see a great sale price for flooring, you just want to make sure the flooring comes with a solid guarantee.
It is generally best to begin your search for basement flooring with engineered wood. In this case, multiple layers of wood are glued securely together. With this, the grain runs at a 90-degree angle in conjunction to the adjacent layers. This special design means that as the fibers absorb moisture and therefore, need to expand, each layer is supported and restrained by the one next to it. As a result, you end up with a solid, stable floor.
You will also discover that the price for engineered wood flooring is much less than what you would pay for real wood. Of course, you want to do all you can to control the moisture content in the basement as well. For this reason, you may want to invest in a tabletop or console dehumidifier, which will draw moisture out of the air. The combination of less moisture and the right flooring will ensure you have a beautiful basement for the entire family to enjoy.