Basement renovations in Winnipeg can be more difficult than other home renovations due to the nature of what you start with. When it comes to basement flooring, a homeowner might be limited by what lays underneath, what the conditions of the basement are, and by the budget that they have and what they want to spend.

If you are renovating your basement to add additional space, what you intend to do with that space might have a big bearing on what type of flooring you want to choose. To play it safe, you should consider all factors before making the final flooring decision.

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Slate Tile

If you have a basement that might be susceptible to flooding or moisture, then you will want to choose flooring that you won’t have to pull up and redo if the unexpected happens. Slate tiles are super trendy, beautiful and resistant to moisture.

They can also handle water if your basement floods and they have a non-skid surface. If you are worried about the warmth factor (tile tends to be cooler), add electric heating coils to the floor underneath before you tile.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has come a long way since it was introduced to the flooring industry decades ago. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. It is an ideal material to use because it can take a whole lot of wear and tear and doesn’t succumb to moisture.

Although having the appearance of things like hardwood, vinyl can withstand a whole lot more and it isn’t hardly as pricey. An excellent waterproof surface to start with, vinyl is also a whole lot more worry-free than other flooring options, but you don’t have to sacrifice style.

Laminate Flooring

Since hardwood is not recommended for basements due to its porous nature, laminate flooring might be an excellent alternative. If you choose laminate flooring, it comes in a vast array of wood grain colors.

The laminate provides both stain and moisture resistance, and can be put right over a plywood subfloor or even over concrete. Thanks to the upgraded material, you also don’t have to worry about any warping or shrinking, which was a common problem with laminate flooring in the past. Easy and inexpensive installation, the installment of vinyl might be the best choice for your basement areas.

Basic Concrete

If your subfloor is already concrete, you might not have to do anything but clean it up a bit. Concrete can be super chic if you do it right. You can paint it with any color you want, or you can stain it. Acid staining offers some really interesting appearance options. If you use the natural concrete, then you never have to worry about moisture, water, or any staining.

That is why it is used for basement construction to begin with. If you use the right type of primer, you can do just about anything you want with a concrete floor. It is your canvas.

Vinyl Tiles

If you are looking for an excellent do-it-yourself flooring that is super easy to install, needs no preparation and looks like real tile, then vinyl tiles are your answer. You can create cool patterns, use alternating colors and set the tiles without worrying about them.

An excellent flooring choice that is inexpensive, if it needs to be replaced, you can pull up just those tiles that are damaged and replace them for an affordable price. If you aren’t looking to spend a fortune on your basement remodel and want to handle it without a contractor, vinyl tiles are your answer.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is an excellent choice for basements because it is water impervious and highly durable. It might be a bit more expensive and require professional installation unlike vinyl tiles, but once placed, ceramic tiles not only stay put, but also have longevity. You can get ceramic tiles that come in all shapes and sizes.

Manufacturers even make ceramic tiles that have the look of hardwood. The sky’s the limit if you are going to use ceramic tiling. Again, if you are worried about the tiles being cold, install heating coils underneath before you lay the tile.

The basement can be an excellent place to find additional living space, but it does come with special considerations. To find the best flooring choice, think about how much you want to spend, if you want to hire someone to help and what your individual taste is in order to find the perfect flooring material to make your basement feel like home.