Basement remodels can be a very inspired choice. However, there are some things you need to know about your basement before you turn it into a fully fledged living area, and one of them is that the flooring you choose has to be considered very carefully. The added moisture and temperature differences associated with your basement can lead some types of flooring to succumb to water damage and mold more easily, and you might find yourself having to replace or repair it very soon.
Moisture is the main enemy to think of here. So most experts will advise you to steer clear of flooring and floor coverings that can easily be affected by moisture – namely, hardwood, carpets and rugs.
Hardwood can last longer if the wood you choose is less impervious to water damage, but ultimately all types of wood are more easily damaged than concrete, granite, stone or even metal. Installing wood would generally require that you install some sort of sub-flooring, which will be more easily affected by moisture in the basement than in other areas of your home. As your basement floods or becomes affected by condensation and other sources of moisture over the years, wood tiles will tend to buckle and warp.
Carpets will have to be replaced even more frequently than wood. Most carpets develop mold growth, and floods can completely destroy cheaper carpets, leading to their frequent replacement. This will increase your costs over time, even if the initial investment will be quite small. So when you are ready for your basement finishing Forest Trace project make sure to consider what is needed to have it be completely successful.