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Recommendation for Basement Flooring

Posted by michelev (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 18, 10 at 7:53

For the first time in 14 years, we had water in our basement due to a horrific rainstorm in NJ. The basement had been carpeted (with padding), and as a result, we had to rip everything up and throw it out. Now we need to replace the floor covering, and don't know what to do. Even though the amount of rain this past weekend was extraordinary, of course there's always the chance that it will happen again. The finished area of the basement is primarily used as a den for my teenage daughter and her friends. Thanks for your help.

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RE: Recommendation for Basement Flooring

I think stained concrete or tile are the best solutions for the reasons you mention. Even a historically dry basement can get wet! If you don't like the look of tile, there is a great looking (installed) hardwood-looking tile by Daltile (timber glen). It is rectified porcelain so it can be installed with a skinny grout line (like hardwoods). My parents used it in Dune (a pickled look) in their beach house, and the installer installed it in a random pattern like hardwood with toothpicks as spacers. It looks great and is absolutely indestructible! They have had water issues in the past (they are on the ocean) and although they think they are solved, who knows??!!!

It also comes in an espresso color which is good looking and you could use a dark grout which would simplify cleaning. Because it looks like wood, you can use rugs on it without it looking strange (like sometimes happens when rugs are put over tile).

Not sure if you are interested in this, but we are planning on using it in most of our basement (except the guest bedroom and bathrooms).

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