How to Have Hardwood Floors in Your Damp Basement

Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd

People love hardwood floors. They are durable, easy to clean, and keep your feet relatively warm in the winter. Hardwood floors are also incredibly classy, timeless, and beautiful. They work with any kind of home style and any décor preferences.

But if you’re thinking about finishing your basement, hardwood floors are not an option. Anyone familiar with home building, remodeling, or contracting will tell you- no hardwood in the basement. Sometimes people don’t know, or they don’t listen. This is what will eventually happen to hardwood floors in your basement:

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It isn’t pretty. It is expensive to fix.

Homeowners often feel like their only other option for basement flooring is carpet. Carpet can be as lush or economical as the homeowner would like, there are great indoor/outdoor options that are designed to withstand a lot of use. Carpet is a great option, but it isn’t the only option. And if you’ve got a messy family or if you have anyone in your home with allergies, carpet is not going to work for you.

Painted concrete is super popular right now. It is inexpensive and you can do amazing things with paint. It’s also easy to change, so you can paint something wild for yourself, and when it comes time to list your property, quickly cover it. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably in New England, and I don’t recommend a concrete floor for your finished basement. A concrete floor will be painfully cold in the winter.

Another flooring option is tile. Tile now comes in so many different looks! You could go traditional, contemporary, or even faux wood. Tile is ideal for the moisture in your basement, but like concrete, tile is very cold in the winter.

My favorite flooring option? MillCreek wood flooring. This is an amazing option, offered by Total Basement Finishing, that gives homeowners the look and feel of hardwood flooring. But it’s designed for basements! This flooring is made from PVC, contains no formaldehyde, is bacteria free, and washable.

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Now it is entirely possible for you to have “hardwood” floors in your basement! Contact us for a free estimate today!

About the author

Gwen Hurd

Gwen Hurd, Marketing Assistant, earned her BA in English from UMass Amherst and her MA in Communication from SNHU. Gwen found herself excited about all things house & home when she invested in a 260 year old NH farmhouse.

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