For many people, it is a stressful process to find a good material for their basement floor. One reason is that the basement area is likely to get flooded. However, even if flooding is not a common occurrence in your area, moisture can still creep in your basement floor. Another problem is that the basement is mostly made of concrete, making it hard to cover it. It continues to get damp despite what you do. It also means you cannot nail anything on this type of floor.
However, with the discovery of vinyl for the basement, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Vinyl for basement flooring is specially designed to be installed in a basement and is the perfect material for the job.
Types of vinyl for basement flooring
All vinyl flooring can fit your basement, but if you want a floating floor that fits directly to the concrete with no adhesive, then you have two options: planks and sheet vinyl. Vinyl sheet flooring is made of reinforced fiberglass and can easily float over the concrete subfloors. You can install it as a single massive sheet that you can trim to fit your basement. You can also use double-sided tape if you want to use several sheets together. Once done, you only have to seal with the seam sealant from your manufacturer to create a water-resistant product.
Vinyl planks are also known as luxury vinyl. They are broad strips fixed together to make a continuous layer over the concrete. Even a beginner can install planks because you are using small pieces, and in case you make a wrong cut on a piece, you can easily replace it with another one.
Tips on how to install vinyl basement flooring
While it’s a good idea to hire a professional to install the vinyl for you, you can still make use of the following tips. Before you cover the concrete with vinyl, make sure you clean and smooth the surface first. There is no problem if the basement is rough, just ensure it is flat to achieve the best results.
Always be careful when seaming. You must double-cut the piece when laying your vinyl to cover the seam so that it is invisible then overlap the vinyl on top of them. Typically, flooring materials tend to contract and expand due to changes in weather conditions. Therefore, you must leave space for expansion when floating the floor.
Also, check out areas where the floor and the casing meet. Remove a small piece of the casing and fit the flooring below the trim. A saw works just fine. You should never install the flooring under the cabinets to allow for more room for the vinyl to breathe.