When it’s time to choose new flooring for your basement, there are a few key factors to consider. Basements in the White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area tend to have humid air and a cold feel from the concrete subfloor and foundation. Since they are below grade, basements are often the sites of small leaks and floods. All of this exposure to moisture makes it very important that homeowners invest in the right flooring. Our experts at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake are here to help.

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Things to Consider About Your Basement

As we mentioned, the main thing your basement floor should be able to withstand is water damage. The amount of water wicked off of concrete floors in a basement can amount to multiple gallons per day! You may not be able to see the water, but it’s there and can negatively affect your floors over time.

Since basements often lack sunlight, they can feel dark and cramped. You can help to combat this by choosing flooring that’s light in color and has a simple design. It’s amazing how much a light floor can open up a space.


Types of Basement Flooring

Here are a few of our favorite basement flooring options:


Engineered Hardwood

It may seem like hardwood flooring and moisture wouldn’t mix well.  It’s true, solid hardwood flooring should not be installed below grade.  However, engineered hardwood flooring provides a very exact seal and it is made from many layers of wood.  This allows the engineered hardwood flooring to expand and contract with moisture and humidity without causing damage to the floor.

Stone Tile Flooring

Tile flooring will be a cooler option for the basement floor, but if it is just used for laundry or storage, this can be a totally functional basement flooring option.  Moisture will never be an issue for tile flooring! You can choose from a variety of styles including ceramic, slate and travertine.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is easy to keep clean and provides a warmer surface than stone tile flooring. Luxury vinyl tiles and planks provide the look of natural stone or hardwood at an affordable price

Laminate Flooring

Similar to engineered hardwood, laminate is finished with a durable top layer that makes it much more water-resistant than solid hardwood. Its multiple layer construction also offers more space for swelling and contracting as moisture levels fluctuate.


If you have questions about your basement flooring, contact us today at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake to schedule a free consultation!

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