A finished basement can add a lot of usable space to your home, which is why it’s one of the most popular renovation projects among homeowners across the U.S.
With a basement renovation, it’s possible to add a family room, an extra bedroom, a bathroom, recreation room, home gym, or just about anything you desire.
A key part of your basement renovation is choosing a great flooring option — something that will look great, be comfortable, and work over a concrete base, where moisture can sometimes be an issue.
Homeowners who love solid hardwood floors have been warned against using them in a basement setting precisely because of that potential for exposure to moisture. However, here at Huggins Hardwood Floors, we have a loophole that can give you the beautiful wood floors you want, while providing the functionality you need in a basement renovation.
Good News! You Can Have Wood Floors in Your Basement
For those looking to add the warmth of wood floors to their basement, without risking moisture damage, engineered wood floors are a great option.
An even better option is to have them professionally installed using a moisture barrier and underlayment. Because of their multi-ply construction, engineered wood floors are more resistant than traditional solid wood floors, and can be safely used in basements when installed over a moisture barrier and underlayment.
An engineered hardwood floor looks every bit as beautiful as a solid hardwood floor, and is typically pre-finished and ready to use right after installation is completed.
Why Install a Moisture Barrier to Wood Floors?
Humidity levels below ground are too inconsistent to risk skipping the extra protection afforded by a moisture barrier. There are glue-down options that are designed to protect the finished floor from fluctuating moisture levels below the finished floor.
With all of the beautiful engineered hardwood flooring choices on the market today, and professional installation methods that include a moisture barrier and underlayment, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the beauty of a hardwood floor in your new basement living space!