Chris' Corner: New Tecumseth Basement Flooring Trends - Fall 2011

New Tecumseth Basement Flooring Trends - Fall 2011

My source for Flooring and Tiling information, Debbie Gartner, of White Plains, NY, recently shared her Fall 2011 Basement Flooring Trends.  There is some useful information one should consider if a project like this is in your future.

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Basement Flooring Trends - Westchester County - Fall 2011

Given all the flooding that we've seen since end of August into the fall (Hurricane Irene, tons of rain, October snow storm), there has definitely been a trend towards hard surface options that are waterproof and can withstand water in the basement.  These options cost more than carpet, but they will definitely last longer and avoid unnecessary expense and inconvenience from flooding and/or moisture/mold damage.

Basement flooring trends

1.  Rubber gym flooring. This is a wonderful option for water.  This looks like the rubber flooring you see in gyms and they generally come in 2 x 2 interlocking tiles.  If your basement gets wet, you can detach the tiles, clean them, air them out and then return them. If you use your basement for a gym, this is stylistically a great option as well.  If you want the look/feel of warm carpet, you can also put carpet (in the form of area rugs) on top of it.

I have done some rooms where we just create a custom bound area rug and then others where my customers want the look of wall to carpet...so we made the carpet go up to the wall and bound the ends so it looks like wall to wall carpet.  For those that have chronic flooding and consistently have flooding, when you are afraid you will get flooding, you just roll the carpet up.  Or, if you are a bit too late, often, you can send the area rug to the cleaners. This way, you avoid the horrible smell and expense of replacing your carpet after a flood.

luxury vinyl westchester NY vinyl flooring2.  Luxury vinyl that looks like hardwood.  This is a wonderful option if you want the look of hardwood and you want the durability of tile.  First, luxury vinyl looks and feels real...check out these pictures.  Not only does it look real, but you can feel the ridges for the graining.  Furthermore, unlike sheet vinyl or peel & stick or vinyl composite tile, luxury vinyl will actually withstand a flood because the adhesive is waterproof.  It's truly an amazing product.

3.  Commercial glue down carpet for those that need to save money.  For those on a budget, carpeting may be the best option for your budget as it is less expensive than hard surfaces.  If you need to do carpeting and you tend to have lots of moisture in the basement, you may consider avoiding carpet pad (that's where most of the moisture is absorbed and where most of the smell comes from).  Commercial carpet (or indoor/outdoor carpet) can be glued down without the carpet pad.

brazilian teak engineered hardwood flooring westchester NY4.  Laminate flooring or engineered hardwood for basements that have been waterproofed.  If you've gone through the major expense of waterproofing your basement, the world is your oyster and you can do whatever type of flooring you like.  When all the options are open, most customers prefer to install hardwood flooring (budget permitting) or if they can't afford that, laminate flooring is the next best thing.  If your basement is below grade (i.e. below ground level), then solid hardwood is not an option, but engineered hardwood will work as well as laminate.

5.  Carpet pad with moisture barrier. For customers that really want the warmth that carpet provides, you still have options.  While carpeting will rarely survive flooding, if you just have a bit of a chronic moisture issue, you can consider a carpet pad with a moisture barrier such as Shaw's Triple Touch carpet pad.  This is a wonderful pad and Shaw even dshaw triple touch carpet padoubles the warranty on their carpets if you use this pad.

When you're looking to replace the carpeting or flooring in your basement in Westchester, NY and would like to consult an expert on your options, call The Flooring Girl at 914-937-2950 and let us "bring the store to your door."

 


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Basement Flooring Trends - Westchester County - Fall 2011

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