What is the best floor covering for my basement?

Posted on Saturday, January 28 2017 in Alex’s Construction News

As a professional home improvement and concrete installation company serving the Oklahoma City area, this is a question that we get asked quite a lot. Different flooring conditions require different solutions, the “one size fits all” flooring choice, commonly approached by box store style companies, doesn’t work for all applications.

Basement floors are a unique challenge because of the moist environment, foot traffic and storage concerns that can make some options simply a waste of money.

This article will detail the challenges for basement flooring and our recommendations for what we consider, simply the perfect solution for any basement floor in the Oklahoma City area.

Un-realized Real Estate

With most property values in the Oklahoma City area being determined by the usable, under roof square footage that a home has, it is surprising that more homeowners are not looking for clever options for basement remodeling. Most homes have anywhere between 800 to 2000 average square feet of undeveloped space in their basement that has simply become an industrial storage facility. Out of sight and out of mind storage can create quite a cluttered mess, not to mention that’s not helping with the value of your home.

Making a sound decision to turn your basement into livable space, such as: an entertainment area, bedrooms, game room or man cave are all good choices to make use of that unused square footage in your home. Done correctly this can significantly increase the value of your home. However, once you have made the decision to utilize this valuable square footage in your home, you need to consider the unique challenges that are present when working in a basement.

Meddling with Moisture

One of the biggest challenges faced when looking at a basement upgrade is that most floor covering options you would choose do not deal with the level of moisture present in a basement environment. Even if you get moisture resistant carpeting it can still be prone to a buildup of mildew underneath the carpeting. While some carpeting companies can place a layer of protection between the mildew and you; the mold is still there and growing.

Wood floors face similar challenges as the type of wood flooring and padding used can practically become a sponge for moisture. It won’t be long before the signs of moisture begin to damage the wood and the padding begins to mold/ mildew creating an unpleasant smell. With these flooring options; additional types of basement sealing processes may be necessary in addition to dehumidifiers being placed throughout the basement area. For a long term solution that will help to control moisture and give you a beautiful, durable flooring surface: let’s look at decorative concrete flooring as an option.

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A Perfect Solution

Decorative concrete flooring is a specialty for Alex’s Construction serving the Oklahoma City area. We utilize our perfected techniques in decorative concrete staining and stamping to give a beautiful basement floor that will not only help with the moisture issue, commonly seen in a basement renovation; but provide a durable solution that will last for years to come. This low maintenance and affordable option can be the foundation whereby you build your ultimate basement room addition.
Limited Only by Creativity

The specialists at Alex’s Construction can utilize the many different techniques available to create a unique, one-of-a-kind floor for your Oklahoma City home. With options, such as:

Stamped Concrete – stamped concrete utilizes rubber stamps molded from designs patterned in nature. With a thin layer of resurfaced concrete, the stamps are applied to give a stone appearance to your concrete floor. This has the advantage of no grout work, which will eliminate the hiding cracks that dirt, contaminants and mildew can build up inside. Changing the style of the floor is a simple as changing the stamp; so whether your wanting a stone, tile or brick pattern the process is the same.

Stained Concrete – stained concrete can take your concrete basement floor to a whole new level of rich, vibrant coloring and patterns. Stained concrete allows the natural texture of the concrete to show through while blending in a color to create a simply gorgeous final product. By stenciling designs and patterns into the process you can create a one-of-a-kind concrete flooring option that is durable and affordable.
When Experience Matters

Alex’s Construction serving Oklahoma City and surrounding areas is your one stop choice for home improvement. Our unique approach to old-fashioned customer service and craftsmanship has really set us apart from many of the other home-improvement companies serving the Oklahoma City area. We understand that each part of a home improvement process, whether it be indoor or outdoor, can increase the value and curb appeal of your home; it is that reason that we apply meticulous detail to every service project that we take on.