What suggestions for replacing basement flooring?


Had some flooding. A freak occurance. Carpet ruined and pulled up. Anyone have any suggestions for replacement flooring other than nylon carpet. We have a marine plywood subfloor. Getting ideas prior to replacing Thanks!

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 29, 2021

    Hi Michelle as long as you know you won't have any more water problems in the future your options are almost limitless! We used just pine on our front entryway floors and still love it many years later!


  • Maura White Maura White on Jun 29, 2021

    Do you want carpet again? If not, I'd recommend vinyl plank flooring like they have over here: https://www.homeoutlet.com/catalog/flooring-tile/vinyl-plank-flooring

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 29, 2021

    you could install luxury vinyl flooring or even tile which is easy to clean and waterproof

  • Janice Janice on Jun 29, 2021

    My go to would be the luxury finyl plank flooring. Beats the wood laminate which will swell and be ruined if the flooding occurence ever to occur again.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 29, 2021

    Agree with Cheryl lux. vinyl flooring.

    Advanages of using it are:

    1. Waterproof

    When you’ve got people walking in and out with wet shoes or kids spilling their drinks, it’s important to have flooring that can take on its share of water. Luxury vinyl flooring is known for being made with 100% waterproof materials that are able to withstand water immersion and can be dried and reused without damage. This makes it the perfect flooring for bathrooms or damp locations like basements.

    2. Resilient

    Luxury vinyl flooring provides a tough surface that can handle regular traffic and rough wear and tear. It typically comes with a protective layer that’s resistant to scratching, scuffing, chipping or cracking. The combination of durability and low-maintenance care leads to greater resilience.

    3. Simple to Clean

    No matter how visually pleasing a floor may be, no homeowner wants to spend hours giving it a deep cleaning with elbow grease. Luxury vinyl flooring combines beauty with convenience. It’s easy to keep clean, as its waterproof nature ensures you can use a wet mop, and its resilience allows you to give it a good scrub. Normal care just involves a simple sweep and a damp mop, with no special treatment required.

    4. Affordable

    Despite the word “luxury” in its name, this flooring style is an affordable alternative to many others. It provides excellent value thanks to a long-lasting shelf life. This is particularly true for thicker luxury vinyl flooring that consists of a substantial protective wear layer. This flooring style typically costs less than other popular choices like ceramic tile or hardwood flooring, making it a smart choice for those on a budget.

    5. Durable

    Luxury vinyl flooring is built to last and able to withstand a high amount of pressure even in an intense environment. It is typically designed to resist heavy wear and tear, fire and moisture, and offers a high level of performance throughout a 25 to 30-year lifespan. For this reason, it’s a popular choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and throughout the house.

  • William William on Jun 29, 2021

    Here are some ideas


  • They make some beautiful wood ceramic tiles today, too, if you like the look but don't want vinyl or hardwood. You could add a stylish area rug over it.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 30, 2021

    Are you intending to do all the work yourself with installing the new basement flooring, or are you planning to hire outside labour?

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 30, 2021

    Sheet vinyl or lvp or tile would be the top choices IMO.

  • Vinyl or ceramic tiles are much more durable and will resist water damage in case it happens again. Skip anything that will rot or mold, such as carpet, wood, or similar natural materials. Better safe than sorry.

  • I also suggest to use vinyl since it's more water resistant and much more durable.