Wood Flooring In the Basement
Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to a finished basement, but they can also allow for moisture retention and water damage. Learn how to safely install hardwood floors while maintaining the look of a basement space.
While it is possible to install hardwood flooring directly onto a concrete basement floor by gluing it down, it is recommended that a more durable option, such installing subfloor first, or using engineered wood flooring, is considered. Because a basement is a below-ground-level space, it is susceptible to moisture and leaks making water damage a common problem for basement flooring that is not waterproof.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Hand-sculpted oak hardwood lends classic beauty to the living room. Engineered hardwood offers the same warmth and beauty as solid wood, but brings greater installation flexibility. Photo courtesy of Armstrong
Wide oak planks make a statement in a living space. These hardwood floors are treated with a special oil that penetrates the grain, making the surface more beautiful with age. Photo courtesy of US Floors Inc.
Distressed hardwood floors are surprisingly at home to a formal living space. Shaw Epic® engineered hardwood is a tough, stable surface with greater environmental sustainability than many hardwood floors. Photo courtesy of Shaw Floors
This solid hickory hardwood in a light chestnut color is heavily textured for a rustic appearance. The hand-sculpted floor lends rich character suitable for virtually any space. Photo courtesy of Armstrong
Exciting Design Options
Think outside the planks: This exciting new line lets you add flair underfoot with hardwood squares or rectangles laid in eye-catching designs, such as checkerboard, subway or weave. Photo courtesy of Mannington Mills, Inc.
Engineered wood flooring has the timeless look of hardwood floors, with the added durability of a plywood sub-layer. With engineered wood flooring, a thin layer of real hardwood is positioned on top of a plywood base. This plywood makes the floor structurally sound and prevents moisture from damaging the floor.
Another waterproof flooring option that looks like wood is laminate flooring. Laminate is flooring is easy to install and maintain, and because it's plastic-coated, it comes without the drawbacks of regular wood floors in a basement.
See also: Floor Buying Guide
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