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.
Basement Carpet Tiles
Many people often ask the reason behind using these tiles for basement floors. There are several factors that will convince you about the suitability of these tiles for the flooring of a basement. 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)
- The first step that you should undertake is to measure the dimensions of the basement floor so that you can calculate the total area and figure out how many tiles you need to floor the basement.
- Now, pry off any basement flooring that you have from before and ensure that the floor you are going to cover is clean and devoid of any moisture.
- 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.
- When you reach spaces where a full tile would not fit, use a knife to cut it to the exact measurements of the space and then place the tile there. In order to ensure that there are no runaway fibers, use a butter knife across the edge you cut.