Tile or vinyl for basement floor?

austennutFebruary 16, 2013

We are finishing a ground-level basement in our 1930s home and need to choose a flooring. There were some moisture problems in the past, but about 5 months ago we had the yard regraded and added additional drainage systems. Since then, we have not noticed any moisture issues.

From what I've read in this forum, it seems as though everyone agrees that ceramic tile would work in this environment. Is that correct?

But I'm not as sure if I want tile because it is so hard and cold. Another option which has appeared is vinyl planks or tiles. I've been to two flooring stores and one said to just do click-down and avoid glues, while at the other store they said just the opposite. So, is vinyl an option? If so, should it be glued or not? From what I've read on here, a vinyl sheet would be a no-no because of the concrete beneath would not be able to breathe. True?

And for either the vinyl or the tile, would we need to put anything on top of the cement floor?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The makers of Allure vinyl planks say their product is suitable for basements where moisture is controlled.

Tile on concrete is cold indeed. You'll probably want to put area rugs on top.

Older concrete basement floors were often only a couple of inches thick with no gravel or vapour barriers underneath and no mesh reinforcement in the concrete. So you'll want to check for excessive moisture and definitely use an uncoupling membrane such as Ditra under ceramic tiles.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 1:34AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
ideas for basement?
Hoping some of you more creative people can help me...
Michael Oslosky
water seeping through floor?
I have a finished walk out basement. After several...
Basement tile grout sweating
Hi Experts, We have a new house (1 year old, Hamilton,...
Joe Regular
basement flooring - tile or finished concrete
we're planning a reno that will include expanding and...
Adding toilet to basement
We are adding a half bath to our basement when we start...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™