How To Install Flooring in Your Basement

Tired of that old, dull-looking concrete floor in your basement? No need to worry – you can actually install new flooring by yourself. At first, it will seem that it’s difficult to make your floor more pleasing to the eye. While it’s true that it is a challenging task for some, anybody can install new flooring with a little patience and effort.

There are plenty of options that you can consider:

  • You can paint your floor. While this is the most straightforward approach, painting is not recommended if you often have moisture on your floor, since it will result in fading and chipping of the paint, which will not look good. However, if you’re basement is practically moisture free, this is a good option.
  • You can install a carpet on your floor. Again, this is a nice option if you don’t have moisture issues in your basement. If you do have a moisture problem, molds will accumulate on the carpet, and you would have to replace the carpet every now and then, making it high-maintenance.
  • A third option would be to install vinyl flooring. This is actually the smartest route to take, since you won’t have to worry about moisture issues. Plus, it is very easy to maintain, and it is a very affordable flooring material (compared to wood tiles, ceramic tiles, and soft carpets).

This how-to guide will show you how you can put vinyl flooring on your basement floor.

  • Purchase the necessary materials from your local hardware store. Basically, you will just need the vinyl flooring (you can choose from a wide variety of designs), flooring adhesive, and a cutter.
  • Clean your floor. Make sure that you take out all the dust and particles on the floor. Also, make sure that there are no chemical stains on your floor before installing the vinyl, as some chemicals would react to the adhesive.
  • Make sure that your floor is flat and even. If not, you might need to underlay the floor so that everything’s even before you install the vinyl flooring.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or leaks on your floor. If you find any, use concrete sealant and apply it to the crack/s.
  • Measure the vinyl flooring and cut it accordingly so that it would fit your basement floor. You can use a vinyl cutter or even a box cutter, as long as it is not too small and old/rusted. Make sure that you make the cuts straight.
  • Apply the vinyl adhesive onto the floor and put the vinyl flooring. It is easy to do if your basement is a perfect rectangle. However, this could be tricky if you have pillars, or off-shaped basement. Ask for a friend’s help if you don’t have a rectangular floor area so that you have someone to assist you in certain corners.
  • Take out the air bubbles by pushing the bubbles to the edges of the vinyl flooring.

Note that these steps are moderately easy to do if you have a flat and evenly shaped basement floor. If your floor needs extensive work consult a professional.


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