DON'T: choose hardwood for your basementHardwood floors are the exception to the above rule. Water and hardwood don't mix. In fact, water can permanently damage your hardwood floor. Combine that with the fact that hardwood needs an even subfloor for installation and you'll see that hardwood is not the best choice for your basement floor.
DO: consider your subfloor and your ceilingMost basements have a concrete subfloor that isn't quite even. When you're picking out your floor, be sure to find out the installation requirements first. That large format tile you fell in love with in the store may be the worst possible choice when you get home to your basement. And don't forget to look up! If your basement has low ceilings you'll want a floor that doesn't take up a lot of vertical space. Luxury vinyl flooring can be the best choice for both of these situations. It's a thinner floor option and is much more forgiving of uneven subfloors.
DON'T: be afraid to add texture and layersYour basement wants some design attention too. Pick a floor that is practical but also reflects your personal design style. Tile and luxury vinyl both give you a stunning array of options. Once you've got your primary flooring selected, consider adding area rugs for a touch of softness and color.
Bring your flooring challenge to Kermans Flooring in Indianapolis and our free flooring design experts will help you solve it! Stop by our large showroom and let us guide you to the perfect basement floor.