What flooring material is right for my basement?
Like some families, you may use your basement as a rec room. It’s a carefree place to entertain family and friends and it’s the one place in the house where no one has to worry about spilling a drink or the dog making a mess.
That’s why, when choosing the right material for your basement floor, it’s important to choose something that has a low initial cost, is easy and inexpensive to maintain, and is incredibly durable.
Below, I’ll explain how a polished concrete basement floor compares to other flooring choices when it comes to cost, maintenance and lifespan.
Initial cost: Between $2 and $6 per square foot.
Maintenance: Carpet retains dirt and stains, requiring constant shampooing. It also has a tendency toward mold and mildew in humid environments and harbors allergens, which can quickly become unhealthy, unsightly and stinky.
Lifespan: Usually 10 years or less.
Initial cost: Between $8 and $15 per square foot.
Maintenance: Hardwood floors require special cleaning and maintenance products and require a recoating every five to 10 years at a cost of approximately $1.50 per square foot.
Lifespan: Lifetime with proper maintenance.
Initial cost: Between $9 and $12 per square foot.
Maintenance: Tile has a tendency to crack and fall out, and the likelihood of this happening grows exponentially every year. Grout is a dirt magnet and a real pain to clean – something you need to do fairly often.
Lifespan: Ceramic tile can last a lifetime if you’re very careful and don’t step on it too hard.
Initial cost: Between $3 and $6 per square foot.
Maintenance: Polished concrete stands up to virtually any kind of abuse. It may need a touch-up after eight to 10 years, at a very low cost.
Lifespan: Will most likely outlast your home.
The lowest floor in your home should be of the longest lasting material and of the highest quality with the lowest maintenance costs. From initial cost to long-term maintenance, polished concrete floors stand head-and-shoulders above other floor coverings and are a great option to consider for your basement floor.