Turning empty, unused areas of the basement into useful rooms can increase the amount of living space, while transforming the garage will make spending time there more pleasurable. In addition, a beautifully finished basement or garage can add instant value to any home.
However, selecting flooring options for basements and garages can be challenging. Typically, the existing surface is poured concrete. While this may be a fine flooring choice for a purely utilitarian area in a garage, the basement is another story.
Many people finish the spaces in their basements and turn them into everything from a TV room to a workout facility spot to a play area for the kids play area. This means that they are looking for viable solutions to conceal an ugly, unfinished concrete floor.
Picking a material to cover a garage floor presents different challenges. The garage floor surface typically takes much more wear and tear from dripping oil and other fluids from cars, leaking gasoline from lawn equipment and a myriad of other substances – not to mention the abuse from cars themselves parking on the surface. Since the garage is often used as a work space to building or repairing objects, the flooring needs to be resistant to stains and easy to clean. But just because it’s a garage doesn’t mean a homeowner has to be stuck with the unsightly appearance of the original floor.
With both the basement and garage, other considerations include are moisture, water and proper drainage. Unless these areas are completely dry or have a waterproof subfloor, many surface coverings that work in other areas of the home will not work in a basement or a garage. For instance, carpet is not always the best choice for a basement, because it may get wet and produce mildew and mold. Other options, such as hardwood, bamboo, cork or laminate would also get soaked, buckle and rot.