Among homeowners across the U.S., one of the most popular home renovation projects is finishing the basement into a livable space. Since most basements offer a large amount of unused space, it is a beneficial option if you are looking to add livable space to your home. This wasted square footage can be transformed into a variety of selections that is more fitting for your lifestyle and home’s needs. From a recreation room, an extra bedroom, a bathroom, home gym, home office, toy room, craft room, and so on, remodeling the basement offers nearly anything you can desire. During the remodeling project, at Mike’s Custom Flooring is suggesting the type of wood flooring that is easily installed in your finished basement today.
Why Engineered Floors are a Good Basement Flooring Option
A major component to your basement renovation is selecting a great flooring option. People want to consider that along with wanting the basement’s renovation with floors that offer comfort and work with the concrete subfloor where basements can have an issue with moisture. An ideal solution under these circumstances is engineered wood floors.
Engineered Floors are Better than Solid Hardwood in Basements
Being precisely why engineered floors were designed, to be on a concrete slab, this is a place where moisture cannot be controlled. This makes it more durable and resistant to warping. Whereas a solid piece of wood is susceptible to warp when exposed to moisture, 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. It is generally pre-finished and ready to use right after installation is completed as engineered hardwood floor looks comparable to the beautiful as a solid hardwood floor.
Lower Cost of Engineered Wood Floors
Engineered wood floors are more cost-effective than solid hardwood floors, being another added benefit. The cost is reduced when compared to the solid wood because the less expensive woods are used for the lower layers of the engineered wood. Some engineered floors with a thin veneer make them impossible to refinish, however, many modern engineered wood floors are made with a thicker veneer that makes refinishing possible. In the event you are looking to add the warmth and elegance of wood floors to your basement, engineered wood floors are a great option without risking moisture damage.
Is it Better to Glue or Float an Engineered Wood Floor?
Consider installing a moisture barrier to the wood floor for more protection in addition to the engineered wood flooring for your finished basement. With the engineered wood installed over the top of that to combat moisture related problems common in basements, a moisture barrier and underlayment should be installed first. You still put any kind of flooring at risk by skipping the extra protection afforded by a moisture barrier with the inconsistency of humidity levels below ground. The glue-down options are designed for this application to protect the finished floor from fluctuating moisture levels below the finished floor. Your finished basement will not only look stunning, but it will be well protected with professional installation from Mike’s Custom Flooring.
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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, there is no reason you cannot enjoy the beauty of a hardwood floor in your new basement living space. Call Mike’s Custom Flooring today to get started!