Choosing the right hardwood flooring for your basement is crucial for its endurance.
Hardwood flooring is a very desirable decorating feature and has risen in popularity over the years. It can enhance any living space, also providing years of low maintenance as an extra benefit.
Lately, more homeowners are deciding to use hardwood floors for their basements, despite the risks of damage from the water vapor. Wood flooring may warp on the long-run as water vapor evaporates from the groundwater in the soil underneath the concrete slab.
Immediate damage can result from broken water pipes, flooding, drain backups, or wall leaks.
Most waterproofing professionals, basement finishing experts, foundation repair specialists, and carpenters will abstain from recommending hardwood flooring or wooden subfloors for basements. There are always potential problems, insurance coverage issues, time, and replacement costs associated with hardwood floors for basements.
However, precautions can be taken to reduce damage risks, but there are no guarantees that this type of flooring will stay dry. Let us give you some more details on how to take the best precaution measurements.
As a basement floor choice, the laminate is usually considered to have the best advantage with solid wood. The high-density fiber in the laminate is certainly very resistant to damage from moisture and some other unfavorable conditions.
Engineered Hardwood Advantages
While engineered hardwood floors have several advantages compared to solid hardwood in basement floor applications, engineered hardwood is a newer technology, so that makes this hardwood floors a more standard choice for basements
Also, because water temperatures in radiant floor heating systems tend to negatively affect hardwood or adhesives used in the installation, the laminate is usually a highly recommended pick for its appearance and durability.
If you really desire to have hardwood flooring in your basement, engineered hardwood is the best choice, as many of the damage risks can be reduced because of the applied engineering and the core components of the materials.
Whatever you end up choosing, we can help you put it into motion. Flooring your basement is a big project. Let us accompany you every step of the way.