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Wood Flooring Options for the Basement.

Wood flooring in the basement isn't such a great idea. Numerous homeowners know that more moisture-resistant flooring's like tile, vinyl, and cement are best for them. Yet, if you need wood, there are two different ways to reach this. The most secure answer: Never do this. The ordinary answer: You can do this if the conditions are in the favor.


Wood Flooring Options for the Basement

Wood isn't the Most Safest Option

Being underground, basements are horrid spots. As per our home inspectors, when completing the process of (redesigning) basements, homeowners usually require extra efforts to make the space warm and soothing—more so than they may with upstairs spaces. More splendid lighting, clear wall colors, additional heating, and more windows all-cause basements feel more inviting. Wood, as well, changes sterile basements into places that vibe fit for human habitation.


The Albany, NY home inspections suggest that concrete is the most secure basement flooring. Second would be porcelain tile, ceramic, sheet vinyl flooring, or plank luxury vinyl tile.


Alternate Solutions Basement Flooring


  1. Designed wood flooring: A slim veneer of genuine hardwood sits on top of a plywood base. This base is viewed as dimensionally steady as it holds shape in a way that is better than strong hardwood in the presence of moisture.

  2. Laminate flooring: The top isn't wood, yet it would appear like wood (it's the photographic layer). As per our home inspection experts, its base is made of squeezed wood, a laminate isn't the most ideal decision for high moisture environments.

  3. Luxury vinyl flooring: Yes, vinyl is inorganic, and we realize that it is best for below-grade areas. But isn't vinyl flooring sterile? Not any longer: manufacturers have raised their game and quite a bit of it (especially the known brands) works superbly of reproducing genuine wood flooring.​


The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.

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