Basement Floor Paint Options

A concrete basement floor doesn't have to be boring. Add simple basement floor paint and achieve a fresh look with an extra layer of durability.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

It might seem unnecessary to paint a basement floor, but consider that cold, hard slab of concrete and imagine if it were a warmer color. Better, right? While there are a number of basement floor paint options from which to choose, contractors and homeowners agree that epoxy paint is the best choice for preserving and enhancing a concrete floor.

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Industrial Urban Style

Concrete floors are perfect for urban, contemporary living spaces. The smooth surface—in a popular gray hue — is comfortable for feet and works well with area rugs. Photo courtesy of Masterpiece Concrete Compositions

Customizable Finishes

The highly customizable nature is what sets concrete floors apart. These dramatic graphics, in a mix of colors, turns the floor into a focal point. Photo courtesy of Masterpiece Concrete Compositions

Chic, Durable Surface

Large-format concrete tiles in alternating hues are an innovative alternative to ceramic. Chic and contemporary, the surface is extremely durable and easy to clean. Photo courtesy of Masterpiece Concrete Compositions

Dramatic Features

This dining room gets a cutting-edge makeover with a unique concrete floor that features exposed aggregates. Photo courtesy of Masterpiece Concrete Compositions

Epoxy paint dries thick and hard, providing the necessary durability that comes hand-in-hand with maintaining a basement floor. Epoxies are also an excellent solution for a basement that is being used as a recreation area or workshop.

An added benefit that comes with choosing an epoxy paint is that it will act as a waterproofing sealant for a basement floor, helping to lock out excess moisture. There are three types of epoxy paint — water-based, solvent-based and 100 percent solid — and they come in a range of colors, including ivory, brown and red.

Concrete stains, paints and dyes are also options for enhancing the look of a basement floor, but you'll need to know how to stain concrete, and none of them offer protection similar to that of an epoxy paint.

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