Laminate flooring is an ideal option if you're is seeking a low cost, do-it-yourself flooring material in the basement. The key is to eliminate any moisture problems before laying the flooring in order to avoid damage to the floor in the future.
Waterproof laminate flooring is the best option for covering a basement floor. This will not only prevent water from harming the floors, but it will allow for easy cleanup in the event of a leak or spill. Laminate flooring is available in many patterns and designs, including options that have the appearance of wood floors.
As an extra precaution, lay a vapor barrier before installing the laminate flooring. Simply do so by securing a sheet of plastic to the floor with duct tape. Laminate flooring comes in simple-to-install pieces that snap together, making installation a cinch.
Conventional laminate flooring is still an option for basements, but it will require the installation of a sub-floor in order to prevent moisture damage.
See also: Floor Buying Guide
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