One of the most popular home renovation projects among homeowners across the U.S. is finishing the basement into a livable space. It is a beneficial option if you are looking to add livable space to your home since most basements offer a large amount of unused space. This wasted square footage can be transformed into a variety of selections that is more fitting for your lifestyle and home’s needs. Remodeling the basement offers nearly anything you can desire from a recreation room, an extra bedroom, a bathroom, home gym, home office, toy room, craft room, and so on. Today, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring is suggesting the type of wood flooring that is easily installed in your finished basement during the remodeling project.
Engineered Wood Flooring for Basements
Choosing a great flooring option is a major component to your basement renovation. Where basements can have an issue with moisture, people want to consider that along with wanting the basement’s renovation with floors that offer comfort and work with the concrete subfloor. Engineered wood floors are an ideal solution.
Engineered Hardwood on Concrete Basement Floors
A concrete slab, such a place where moisture cannot be controlled, is precisely why engineered floors were designed. Engineered wood planks are constructed out of multiple layers of wood that are glued, pressed, heated, and then covered with a thin veneer of wood on top, making it more durable and resistant to warping, whereas a solid piece of wood is susceptible to warp when exposed to moisture. An engineered hardwood floor looks comparable to the beauty of a solid hardwood floor and is generally pre-finished and ready to use right after installation is completed.
Cost Effective Engineered Wood Flooring Basement Installation
Another added benefit is that engineered wood floors are more cost-effective than solid hardwood floors. Because the less expensive woods are used for the lower layers of the engineered wood, the cost is reduced when compared to solid wood. Many modern engineered wood floors are made with a thicker veneer that makes refinishing possible, however some engineered floors have a thin veneer, making them impossible to refinish. Without risking moisture damage, engineered wood floors are a great option in the event you are looking to add the warmth and elegance of wood floors to your basement.
Moisture Barrier for Hardwood Floors on Concrete
In addition to the engineered wood flooring for your finished basement, consider installing a moisture barrier to the wood floor for more protection. A moisture barrier and underlayment should be installed first, with the engineered wood installed over the top of that to combat moisture related problems common in basements. With the inconsistency of humidity levels below ground, you still put any kind of flooring at risk by skipping the extra protection afforded by a moisture barrier. To protect the finished floor from fluctuating moisture levels below the finished floor, the glue-down options are designed for this application. With a professional installation from Mike’s Custom Flooring, your finished basement will not only look stunning, but it will be well protected.
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There is no reason you cannot enjoy the beauty of a hardwood floor in your new basement living space with all of the beautifully engineered hardwood flooring options available on the market today and professional installation methods that include a moisture barrier and underlayment. Call Mike’s Custom Flooring today to get started!