Most people, while in the process of basement finishing, tend to pay the least amount of attention to covering the floor of their basement.
While it is important to focus on the structure of design of your basement, it is also important that as you reach the final stages of basement finishing, you start thinking about proper covering for your basement flooring and the finishing touches you will give the space.
There are several things that you will need to keep in mind while making a decision about what material to use to cover the basement, like the effect of moisture, mildew, or a flooding situation. In such a situation, one of your best basement flooring options would be to use carpet tiles, which can save you a lot of heartburn.
Most commercially available carpet tiles that are used for basement flooring come with a rubber back, which makes it impermeable to moisture, mold, and mildew. In fact, many varieties available in the market come with inhibitors for mold and mildew.
One of the best things about these tiles is that in case of flooding, they can be easily removed, dried, and then installed again. Opt for tiles with a hard backing and not those varieties that come with a cushion padding, as they tend to absorb moisture.
Replacing these tiles is very easy, as they are easy to install and easy to remove. This is one of the things that makes them a great option for basement flooring. Also, the basement is one area in the house that sees a lot of people moving in and out.
Carpeting the basement floor with the types of tiles that are commercially available will ensure that the area does not get worn out easily, as they are manufactured to handle a lot of traffic. If you are worried that by using these tiles the designs available to you for the flooring will be limited, do not despair.
These are available in many colors and you can combine them to create a design that you find aesthetically appealing. Another great thing about them is that it makes for a cheap basement flooring. Most manufacturers sell the same for as low a rate as 89 cents/square foot.
How to Install
Learning how to install these tiles is very easy, and there is absolutely no need to contact a professional. While you can use glue to stick the tiles, it is always better to just lay them tightly, as this will allow you to remove them whenever necessary. If you need to install the tiles in your house, these are the things you will need:
- Measuring tape
- Chalk line
- Carpet tiles
- Marker (preferably black)
➤ Before installing the tiles, you will need to figure out where the center of the basement is, since that is where you will start laying the tiles from. In order to do so, tie the chalk to diagonal ends and make a mark. Repeat this with the opposite diagonal corners. The center point of the room would be where the two chalk markings intersect.
➤ Now start placing the tiles along the center line. Starting from the center, move towards the edges of the basement. Ensure that as you place the tiles, they fit tightly together with absolutely no space left in between. In order to ensure that you are placing the tiles correctly, follow the instructional arrows given on the back of the tiles.
Always remember that you should keep a few extra tiles to replace the damaged ones. Also, it is important that you place the tiles outside the box they were packed in for at least twenty four hours before the installation process. This will allow them to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room.
Now that you know the benefits of using basement carpet tiles for your floor and also know how to install the same, you can easily carpet your basement without hiring someone to do the work for you.