Looking for design ideas to warm up your basement? Flooring can make a big difference. Depending on how you use your space, there are a number of flooring options that can take your basement from feeling cold or damp to warm and inviting. With more and more people opting to finish areas below grade, the market is continually adding products suitable for basements that follow today’s hottest design trends.

Consider these popular five flooring choices:

1) Carpet: a popular choice because it is warm, absorbs sounds and can be cost effective. From high pile plush to practical patterned loop piles, there are hundreds of carpet designs to choose from.

  2. 2) Laminate flooring: one of the most durable products on the market, great for young families. It is a floating floor which makes it perfect for installing over concrete.  It’s always best to choose a product with an HDF core, which will help resist moisture.
  3. 3) Cork flooring: a warm, durable option for your basement.  Like laminate, it does require a vapour barrier to resist moisture.  Cork is available in tile and plank designs with a wide range of colours to choose from.
  4. 4) Engineered hardwood: a great choice for those who like the look of hardwood. It provides a more stable substrate for the wood planks, can withstand a wider range of fluctuations without warping, and still gives you the fabulous look and feel of solid hardwood.
  5. 5) Sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile: installs easily right over smooth-finished concrete. But be careful. Imperfections can show through and possibly damage the flooring.

It is important to keep humidity levels in your home at a constant level.  Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help. Before installing your basements should be dry and the surface needs a smooth surface.

“Flooring is the first step to creating a cozy recreational living area,” says Michelle Souter-Ulch, president of Whitby’s Dodd and Souter Flooring. “I like to include a few different flooring options when designing my personal basement living space. I’ve included carpet and laminate, and used leather flooring in our lower level washroom. Together, the floors provide a warm inviting space for entertaining and relaxing.”

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