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Luxury vinyl and tile for finished basements—a popular choice

Published: October 17, 2017

Remodeling your basement but unsure about what to do with your floors? The home upgrade process can be a bit mind-boggling when you aren’t sure where to start.

To get moving in the right direction, think about these four starting questions:

  1. How do you plan to use your basement?
  2. What kind of lighting do you want?
  3. What sort of furniture will you have?
  4. What is your color palette?

Your answers will provide a solid foundation for making decisions when looking at flooring options—and, there are many good flooring options at Kermans to consider.

If you get overwhelmed, you can count on us. Our team of experienced design consultants is here to help.

Basement flooring basics

To make your finished basement a welcoming space—a place to truly live in—you’ll want flooring that your friends and family will want to walk on. Cost, durability, comfort, and style—these are all key factors to keep in mind with basement floors.

Choosing flooring for a basement space is different than selecting flooring for other rooms. This is because basements often capture and hold more moisture than above-ground rooms. Even if the basement has several openings to the outside, excessive moisture is going to be a problem, especially in the Midwest at places like northwest Indiana where the water table is high.

Certain flooring choices become problematic if the basement retains too much moisture. It is wise to find a flooring choice to help you deal with moisture—and, to prevent potential mold and mildew problems. Of the many flooring choices, tile and luxury vinyl tile are the only ones that reliably have a high moisture tolerance.

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Tile gives rooms a refined look. Tiled floors have a wow-factor that other floors rarely have. It comes in many colors and styles, and it is easy to clean. It works well in a basement with moisture issues, but doesn’t retain or reflect heat well.

Luxury vinyl

Luxury vinyl is the new kid on the block. It gives you a hard surface floor that’s extremely durable and stylish at an affordable price.

Luxury vinyl comes in a variety of design options. It does a good job of looking and feeling like wood or stone. Luxury vinyl features an embossed surface that believably replicates the texture of natural surfaces. Plus, its durable surface does not wear down over time because it is protected by a clear shielding wear-layer.

Like tile, choosing luxury vinyl for your basement flooring means moisture-related problems won’t be something you’ll have to worry about.

When it is time to look at flooring options for a basement, the flooring specialists at Kermans are ready to help. We understand basement flooring from an Indiana buyers’ perspective. Our team can match the right type of basement floor to your design needs and your home’s likelihood of moisture exposure.

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