Armstrong Basement Flooring: Laminate and Linoleum
Armstrong basement flooring is some of the most durable, quality flooring material that you’ll find most anywhere. With a product line ranging from engineered hardwood to laminates to linoleum, you are sure to find one that will be a perfect fit for your basement. After all, having your style in your basement should be the ultimate goal in your remodeling project.
If you plan to buy a new floor for your basement, do yourself a favor and first research to find the exact floor you are looking for at a price that you can afford. There’s nothing worse than installing a new floor that you’ll have to look at for years to come only to feel like you’ve been cheated, doesn’t fit, or that you’ve overpaid for it. So let’s take a look at a few of the options that Armstrong can provide for your basement.
Armstrong Linoleum Basement Flooring
Although linoleum is not the perfect flooring material for a basement, it is one that certainly can be used given favorable conditions. Thankfully, linoleum is fairly easy to install and can be put on almost any subfloor or bare concrete.
One thing to note if you are planning on going directly to the slab, make sure that you have no moisture issues at all and that you do a proper bonding test to ensure that the linoleum will bond to the floor.
I would highly recommend that you do not go directly to the concrete in a basement scenario though as there’s simply too much that could go wrong. Even though something may be possible to do, it’s not always the wisest decision to do it.
Linoleum is actually a green alternative flooring for the basement as it is constructed out of all natural materials. Manufacturers like Armstrong use items like linseed oil, wood dust, limestone and other various recyclable materials to construct quality linoleum floors.
One very cool trait that most people don’t know about linoleum is the entire thickness of the piece (except the backing) is a single wear layer. That means that the color and pattern that you see on the top goes all the way through to the backing.
That’s a good thing because linoleum flooring is available in a huge array of vivid colors and patterns that range from solid to flecked to marbled to various graphics. But if you like to keep the green-effect, you can also get it in earth tones to remind everyone you are environmentally conscious.
This flooring can be used in both new and older basements in a variety of colors and creative patterns to produce a stunning basement floor.
If you are looking for something a little different that will stand out in your basement then there are two linoleum’s by Armstrong that I would suggest to take a look at. The first one is the Bamboo Tan.
This low gloss flooring looks spectacular sporting all the different shades of bamboo with an excellent swirl mixture of white. For a darker finished floor I’d suggest the Oak Brown.
Cost: Linoleum’s not that expensive in that you are looking at two to three dollars a square foot, maybe a little more. The problem comes in the installation as it can sometimes be a pain to do and is one that’s really better left to the professionals if you’ve never done flooring before.
Armstrong Laminate Basement Flooring
If two qualities that you are absolutely looking at for the floor in your basement is durability and easy maintenance, then laminate basement flooring is something you should really check out. What you may not know is that you can get this flooring in a stone design as well if you don’t want a wood looking floor.
Plus, due to their construction and makeup, laminates are almost indestructible. They also make a great project floor for a first time do it yourselfer because they are so easy to install in a basement.
Laminate planks are actually made up of four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, a core layer and a backing layer. The wear layer is the top portion that you see that protects the boards from fading and stains.
Underneath that is the design layer. This is where the visual appeal comes in. This layer is literally a high quality photograph of an actual wood, stone or other natural flooring material.
Then comes the core layer that actually gives the board its strength. The inner core is typically made up of a plastic resin that will keep it all stable and flat.
Finally is the backing layer which creates a moisture barrier. This will help in protecting the floor from warping. Using this layered technology gives the floors their durability.
Armstrong laminates have something that most laminates don’t, they can be installed virtually anywhere. Whether it’s for a formal living area, a bedroom or even the basement, these laminates can be assured to perform confidently.
Sporting an above average stain resistance and wear layer, you don’t have to worry about the foot traffic and they even manufacture commercial grade laminates as well. Armstrong stands behind their laminates with warranties that vary from 20 years to a lifetime based on which floor you choose.
If you like the stone look as a floor, you could check out the Weathered Way laminates from Armstrong. These will give a lighter, more natural looking stone floor in the basement that will keep the room fresh.
For a more traditional looking wood basement floor, you might go with the Vintage Pine or even the Wild Cherry that’s kind of in between a dark and light wood. These give a more “at-home” appeal. They do have some spectacular looking distressed wood versions as well and I really like the White Wash Walnut!
Cost: This one you will see in a wide range of prices stemming from 99 cents for the cheaper versions all the way to around $7 per square foot. They do make ones with padding that are a little more expensive.
You can save on installation though as these are easy to do yourself, but if you have someone do it, you can expect another $1 to $3 a square foot installed.