Concrete Basement Flooring Options
Basement flooring options over concrete are really not that difficult to come up with. In fact there are quite a few of them for you to choose from. But what you need to look at first is the actual concrete slab to see if it has any issues.
If your concrete basement floor has cracks or is severely not level, you are going to want to take care of these issues before you ever install any basement flooring. Cracks are some of the most common problems for concrete basement floors.
Besides the fact that water seepage, vapors, and radon gas can gain entry into your basement through these cracks, here are some other problems with cracked concrete slabs and why you should fix them:
- Water trapped in cracks can destroy flooring materials
- Water trapped in cracks may cause mold infestation
- Water can rust the reinforced steel in your concrete slab
- Water causes efflorescence (that white chalky stuff) when leaked through cracks
- Freezing and thawing water can help to widen the crack
- The cost of repeated repairs.
How To Fix Concrete Basement Slab Cracks:
If you need to fix the cracks in your basement slab, then you can use a simple product like RadonSeal CrackWeld. It's quick, simple and effective for permanent crack repair:
- It has a low viscosity therefore it'll get deep into the cracks, even hairline cracks
- With epoxies, you typically have to route out the cracks, not with CrackWeld
- It's ready in a half-hour after application
- Stronger than concrete
More Basement Flooring Options
- Cheap Basement Flooring Ideas
For those on a budget, here area some cheaper alternatives
- Engineered Hardwood Basement Flooring
More wood look and stronger, more durable in basement
- Basement Laminate Flooring
Laminate basement flooring for the look of wood
- 6 Steps To Tiling a Basement Floor
Ceramic tile, a lot of work, but waterproof.
- Install Carpet Tiles In A Basement
Carpet Tiles Can Be A Fun Choice With Lots Of Colors
Acid Stained Basement Floor
5 Flooring Options For Concrete Basements
Now that you've got all the problems taken care of with the concrete itself, you can start taking a look at all the different flooring options you have at your disposal for covering that concrete basement floor,
- The absolute, simplest flooring option you have is to just paint it. I'm not a big fan of painted basement floors especially if you are going to use it for anything other than a storage type area, but that's just my personal preference. You've got all kinds of colors to choose from and it's as simple as painting a wall.
- This next option is a step up from painting and a bit more durable. You could stain or acid stain the concrete basement floor. This has come a long way since it's first introduction and you can really create some significant designs and etchings along the way to give a really dramatic effect to your basement.
- Another option would be some linoleum flooring. This vinyl flooring is simple peel and stick flooring that you could put right over the top of the concrete floor. You just want to make sure it's fairly level and doesn't have anything protruding out as it will be visible through the squares.
- Moving along, you could also install some rubber basement flooring. These come in different colors and shapes, in fact you can even get the rolled rubber sheets that you can layout and cut to fit perfectly wall to wall. Or you may even opt for the more traditional puzzle-piece effect where you snap the squares together during installation.
- Still, you could install some basement carpet tiles. These are also becoming very popular in that they are rubber backed square pieces of carpet that simple lay down in place over the top of the floor. You can mix and match to create a checkerboard pattern or a completely colorful room. Plus if one gets damaged you simply remove that tile and install a new one, not a whole floor
There are other options which you can find here, but these are 5 basement flooring options for concrete slabs that are simple, easy and effective and won't break the budget in the process.
Jason Menayan from San Francisco on September 06, 2011:
Really useful advice here. I didn't know about CrackWeld, but it's clear I wouldn't use anything else if we had cracks. I also dislike painted concrete floors, and like the idea of using carpet tiles. Depending on who plans on spending the most time there (i.e. kids or adults) you could approach it several different ways.