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The Best Basement Flooring Option for your Renovation

Your basement can be so much more than just a storage room under your house. Basements today are bright and feel like airy living spaces where homeowners love to spend time. Bonus? You can recoup your investment in a basement renovation through resale value. Win-win!

In fact, the #1 renovation opportunity to consider in a basement remodel is replacing the floors. Variables like moisture and extreme temperatures can ruin your floors mere weeks after install. That doesn’t take into account how you plan to use your basement space and how those activities can impact your floors as well.

We’re here to help you get it right the first time! Keep reading for the best basement flooring options for your home.

Our Top Pick for Basement Flooring? Vinyl

While there are several flooring types that can offer you durability, increased sound insulation and outstanding beauty, there’s one front-runner that can contend with all the challenges basement renovations serve up: vinyl.

No matter the type of vinyl you choose, whether it’s vinyl sheet flooring, vinyl plank flooring or vinyl tile flooring, you’ll find that it offers the best water resistance and comfort in your basement.

Why is investing in either water-resistant flooring or waterproof flooring so important? Just look at what basements need to contend with:

  • Hot water tanks, boilers, plumbing, septic connections, washing machines and bathrooms, which are all prime flooding opportunities.

  • Concrete slab floors laid over dirt, which can experience water seepage and humidity changes during seasonal shifts.

  • Concrete block walls in sub-grade basements. Cracks in these walls and drainage issues surrounding the house can lead to destructive leaks.

Of course, you could paint or stain the existing concrete, but that look might be too contemporary for your taste or too cold underfoot. Concrete can also feel unfinished, dirty or clammy.

What about tile? Well, it can be chilly, too, and in most areas of the United States, it’s not a popular aesthetic choice outside of kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entrances.

With vinyl, you can get the exact look you want.  Think: real wood, right down to the texture of the wood grain as well as tile and high-end stone, like travertine and marble.  Features include added sound insulation, water resistance and excellent durability for nearly any activity you and your family can dream up. That’s why it gets our basement reno seal of approval.

4 Favorite Basement Flooring Picks

Ready to do a little window shopping? Here are four top-quality luxury vinyl flooring choices that would be well-suited for your basement, no matter how large or small. 

1.  Tough-as-Nails Contemporary

The trendy herringbone design on this vinyl sheet flooring from Beauflor is straight out of a high-end city loft. The downtown vibes will score it a second glance. And, thanks to the extra-thick 16 mil wear layer, felt backing and a rip, tear and gauge warranty, you won’t have to worry about accidents mucking up your basement reno investment.

Blacktex HD in Avante-Garde Pearl by Beauflor

Blacktex HD in Avante-Garde Pearl by Beauflor

2. High-End Haven

You can create a sleek look for your basement without sacrificing comfort. This pick from Metroflor gives you all the advantages of water-resistant rigid core vinyl tile flooring: sound absorption, warmth and comfort underfoot and zero worries about how it will wear, even in splash zones.

Engage Genesis 2000T in Stardew by Metroflor

Engage Inception 120 by Metroflor

3. Garden Apartment Perfection

Turning an unused walk-out basement into a rental space is smart. Installing this water-resistant vinyl plank tile flooring from Palmetto Road is even smarter. The real wood look with carefully designed wire brushed distressing will sell renters in an instant.  Because of the click-in installation, you can easily replace damaged planks when necessary.

Impact in Sea Breeze by Palmetto Road

Impact in Sea Breeze by Palmetto Road

4. Basement-Wide Beauty

Continuous flooring creates design harmony throughout a large room, and makes small rooms look larger than they really are. We love the look of wood across an entire space, but hardwood in basements is a major insatllation cost with limited options. This vinyl sheet flooring from Beauflor is the next best thing and it is budget-friendly, no matter how big your basement is. 

SmarTex Pro in Sahara Sunrise by Beauflor

Vinyl Sheet by Beauflor

Twenty & Oak offers an array of vinyl flooring options in a large variety of designs, colors and formats.  Explore the options in vinyl plank and tile, vinyl sheet and waterproof solutions for your basement transformation.

Twenty & Oak Flooring Experts 
Twenty & Oak Flooring Experts are a team of flooring professionals with over 150 years of combined experience in the industry. They have hands-on experience with all flooring types and bring inside industry know-how to homeowners in the Southeast.