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What Is the Best Flooring for a Basement?

2023-10-03, Laura Nieto


Choosing the right floor is crucial when it comes to basements, a space that can see unique challenges like moisture and heavy furniture. In this guide, we’ll explore the best flooring for a basement, focusing on essential factors like durability, water resistance, and comfort.

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Considerations When Choosing the Best Flooring for a Basement

1. Moisture Resistance

Basements are known to be prone to moisture because they lie below ground level. It is therefore extremely important to choose flooring materials that will be resilient to damp conditions in order to prevent damage over time.


With high traffic and varied usage, basements demand durable flooring options that can endure wear and tear and provide long-lasting performance.

3. Insulation and Comfort

Because they can be cold and damp, basements require flooring that offers insulation and a comfortable underfoot feel to make the space inviting and warm.

Top Flooring Options for Basements:

1. Vinyl Flooring:

Luxury vinyl plank flooring is an ideal choice for basements, offering excellent moisture resistance and durability. CALI Vinyl, renowned for its resilience and stylish designs, stands out as a premium 100% waterproof choice, providing a comfortable and long-lasting solution for your basement spaces. LVP is also highly cost effective, easy to clean, and extra scratch resistant.

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2. Engineered Wood Flooring:

If you have your heart set on real wood, instead of solid hardwood, go with an engineered plank which features a top layer of wood over a cross-constructed sustainable wood core. This stronger, layered design gives engineered wood boosted dimensional stability, meaning it doesn’t expand and contract as much due to environmental changes. This makes it a good option for basements and other spaces that are prone to moisture and changes in humidity. CALI offers engineered oak flooring and engineered bamboo – an option that is both highly durable and eco-friendly. 

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Flooring Installation and Maintenance Tips:

1. Proper Subfloor Preparation:

Preparing the subfloor correctly is the cornerstone for any flooring installation, ensuring a smooth process and long-lasting results.Find more details in our Installation Guides.

2. Installation Considerations:

CALI floors are designed to be DIY-friendly. That being said, sticking to the installation guidelines for each flooring type is crucial, and professional installation is sometimes recommended for optimum outcomes. 

3. Maintenance and Care:

Regular cleaning and maintenance are key to preserving the beauty and performance of your basement flooring. Choosing easy-to-maintain options will save time and effort in the long run. Find more details in our Care & Maintenance Guides.

Selecting the best flooring for a basement is pivotal to creating a pleasant and functional space. With considerations like moisture resistance, durability, and comfort, choices like CALI Vinyl and engineered hardwood or bamboo flooring are premium options. By making informed decisions based on specific needs and conditions, you can transform your basement into a warm, inviting space that stands the test of time.

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