Best Vinyl Plank Flooring for Basement
Hardwood flooring is some of the most sought after for almost any homeowner. The sheer depth and natural beauty that wood floors bring to any home creates a warm and comfortable feeling.
However, they also come with a lot of problems as well. Take cost for instance, wood floors can run you thousands of dollars to install even in small rooms.
For quality results, it’s not likely a DIY project and you will need a professional installer. And finally, we are talking about a basement here, these floors don’t do well with the natural moisture and humidity contents of a basement.
But vinyl plank flooring for basement floors will solve all of those issues.
Using vinyl plank floors is a great option when you want the look of hardwood floors without the issues. But they come in so much more than just wood replica’s. You can actually get these in stone and ceramic tile look a likes as well, but the wood versions are some of the most popular for this type of flooring.
Vinyl plank flooring is not only cheaper than real wood floors, but they are easier to install, easier to maintain, and are more durable making them suitable basement floor material.
People install vinyl plank systems in their basements because it has all the natural appearance of a real hardwood floor or laminate, but it has a major advantage over both.
Vinyl Planks are waterproof! This one factor alone makes them the perfect choice for basement flooring, especially to those who have basements that occasionally have a moisture problem that they have to deal with.
Unlike vinyl tiles, these planks actually look like wood floors. The tiles typically kept the look rather tile-ish as most of them come in only square form. But the planks, on the other hand, are long and rectangular like you would expect a wood floor to look like.
But first, let’s take a look at a few of these.
Allure Vinyl Plank Flooring
Allure vinyl flooring can be picked up at most all Home Depot stores, the problem is they all don’t carry the same items at the same time. But you should be able to order it. You can expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $70 per case based on the type and finish you select.
The planks themselves come in a pretty standard 6×36 inch shape like other strip flooring. The best thing about them is that their vinyl construction helps to make them resilient to scuff marks and scratches.
Plus they are ideal flooring for a possible high-moisture area like a basement because they are water-resistant.
The TrafficMaster Allure collection sold at Home Depot is a beautiful collection. You can read the reviews yourself found around the internet and various forums, but overall the reviews have been extremely positive.
There are some negative reviews but I’m under the impression that not all the directions were followed during installation as it seems that they are falling apart at the seams. Which leads me to believe that the rollers weren’t used as directed.
For a basement though, these floors are perfect! Remember, if your basement is naturally dark though you are going to want a lighter floor to make the room seem lighter. The Allure Oak would be a good fit for a room like that.
If you want something a little different, than they do carry a Lisbon Cork that looks phenomenal. If you do have sufficient light in your basement though, you may opt for a darker looking floor.
The Ebony Rosewood is super dark and would look really nice in a more formal type of basement while the Vinyl Teak is a bit lighter and would be super cool in a more entertaining type setting.
Congoleum Vinyl Plank Flooring
Congoleum is the brand of another really high quality vinyl basement flooring. With a 25 year warranty, these planks bond securely to each other and can be installed over virtually any subfloor or underlayment or concrete.
This is another brand that gets very high reviews and will work in your basement as well because it’s waterproof.
They really have two different lines in this model: Connections and Endurance Plank. Connections seems to have all the traditional woods covered with an outstanding version of Weathered Pine while the Endurance have a more deeper and richer look to them.
With Endurance planks, you can choose from cherry, oak, maple and a sweet looking rustic.
Cutting Vinyl Planks
One thing that you’ll have to do if you install this flooring yourself is cut it. Cutting vinyl planks really isn’t that hard and can be done likely with tools you already have. All you really need is a utility knife or metal shears to get the job done.
Just make sure you mark it appropriately and take your time with the cuts and you’ll have straight edges in no time as vinyl planks are really a lot easier to cut than wood or laminates.