Basement Flooring - Plastic, Foam, Rubber & Carpet
Basement Flooring Options
Making your basement living space more enjoyable often starts with upgrading the flooring for your basement. At Greatmats, we have dozens of options that help you find the right level of style, cushioning, and durability, so you can take full advantage of this space.
Best Types of Basement FloorsThe best floor for the basement likely involves one of the following options.
- Raised basement flooring tiles
- Flat tiles
- Rolled rubber basement flooring
Best Basement Flooring MaterialsYou can install many types of flooring for the basement directly over concrete or with a vapor barrier, based on the materials.
- Rubber: Rubber floor tiles or rolls for the basement protect the subfloor for weightlifting in a basement gym and nicely hide imperfections in the subfloor. Most rubber suitable for basements is considered water resistant.
- Foam: An EVA type of foam is able to go directly over basement concrete, providing insulation from cold concrete while also avoiding water absorption. It delivers cushioning, making it a comfortable option, while offering multiple designs, including a faux wood grain.
- PVC plastic: PVC plastic offers durability similar to rubber and cushioning and is waterproof. We offer PVC tiles that are raised a fraction of an inch over the subfloor, allowing air to flow underneath to encourage water evaporation. These PVC tiles go directly over the subfloor.
- Carpet: By using raised carpet tiles that sit on a plastic base, you can install carpet safely in a damp basement. The raised tiles allow air to flow underneath. We also offer a carpet tile with a foam base that can go directly on concrete.
- Vinyl: Raised vinyl tiles are available, as they sit on a plastic base that encourages air to flow underneath the tiles. If you want to use vinyl plank flooring in the basement without a raised base, consider installing a vapor barrier first.
Considerations for Basement Flooring Tiles
- How will the space be used? Using the basement for a gym with weightlifting or exercise machines works better with a rubber floor while using it as a family room or as a media room works better with comfortable foam or carpet.
- Will it be exposed to seepage or flooding conditions? If the concrete foundation seeps or if you could have water backups or storms that lead to flooding, raised basement flooring that is waterproof often can survive such conditions.
- Will it be a wall-to-wall or island installation? If placing the tiles up to the basement wall, selecting a format that's easy to cut, like foam or rubber or PVC plastic, can work well. For an island installation, look for tiles with ramped border pieces to reduce tripping hazards.
- Will there be a need to return to the subfloor at some point, necessitating a temporary installation? Interlocking tiles that don't require adhesive to hold them together are easy to both install and disassemble.
- Is there an in-floor radiant heat system in use? Consider installing foam, carpet, or vinyl planks that will allow the heat to penetrate them.
- Will cushioning be necessary? Many types of flooring that we offer for basements have cushioning as a natural part of the design, such as foam, carpet or PVC plastic. Even modular tiles can provide more cushioning than the typical bare concrete, making it comfortable for the kids to sit on the floor for a movie.
- Is a DIY layout preferred? At Greatmats, we specialize in offering basement family flooring for sale that is easy for homeowners to install themselves. Interlocking tiles that use a puzzle edge or a hidden tab and lock system are especially useful for a DIY installation.
Top 5 Recommended Flooring Products for BasementsHere are five of our most popular and highly recommended flooring options for a basement installation.
- Max Tile Raised Floor Tile: This general-purpose flooring is ideal for almost any basement usage with a faux wood grain waterproof vinyl top layer and a raised plastic base layer.
- Modular Square Carpet Tile: Nearly any basement can make use of these general purpose flooring tiles, which have durable, yet comfortable, carpet on the top layer and a raised plastic base layer to allow airflow underneath.
- Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile: If you don't need a raised plastic base, these puzzle-edge carpet tiles are water resistant and go directly over any firm subfloor, like concrete. If water is a problem in your basement, the tiles can be easily removed to allow them to dry out. They're great for basement bedrooms, family rooms, or playrooms.
- Premium Foam Kids and Gym Mats: When you want to add a splash of color in comfortable basement flooring, these puzzle-edge tiles are available in more than a dozen colors. They're water resistant, and they can liven up a playroom, bedroom, family room, or work room.
- StayLock Bump Top Tile: This waterproof PVC plastic flooring is made for tough environments, such as in a basement gym, workout room, or exercise area. It's highly durable and has an interlocking installation system that's perfect for a DIY layout.
Best Basement Floor Mats and Tiles for Possible Wet ConditionsIf your basement has issues with regular dampness, you need flooring that can remain unaffected by water, whether it comes from a flooded basement or from water seeping through the foundation.
Raised floor tiles are the best choice for wet conditions, as they include a firm plastic base that sits on small feet to lift the underside of the tile a fraction of an inch off the floor. The air then can flow underneath, encouraging evaporation.
Best Floor for Basement GymsTo create a safe and comfortable gym floor in your basement at home, consider how you will use the space to find the best basement gym flooring.
- Rolls: Rolls of rubber protect the subfloor from dropped weights and provide a sure footing while resisting water. They cover a large space quickly.
- Interlocking Tiles: Foam and PVC plastic interlocking tiles provide cushioning and anti-fatigue properties for athletes' joints, while rubber interlocking tiles offer significant durability and subfloor protection.
- Mats: Rubber mats are ideal to place over a small section of the basement floor, providing extra protection against dropped weights or heavy exercise machines.