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At Floor Coverings International, serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties including Marlboro, Middletown, and Manalapan, New Jersey, we love helping our customers create the home of their dreams starting with their flooring. If you are finally tackling your basement flooring project or are just looking for some information on flooring for basements, this is the blog post for you! Here are some of the best options when considering a flooring update for your basement.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles & Planks

Luxury vinyl tiles and planks are some of the most popular flooring materials in Monmouth County homes today, and that includes the basement. They are popular because they are extremely durable, easy to clean, and easy to install all while offering a great look. Luxury vinyl tiles are not your typical, outdated sheet vinyl. They tend to be very realistic compared to more expensive options especially since many planks and tiles are distressed to give the same look and feel. Printing technologies have also helped to give these flooring options a more realistic look. They are especially good for basements because they are water-resistant compared to engineered or laminate hardwood and they can be installed even if the floor underneath is uneven.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is a good option for basements as they can be installed below ground level. Installing solid wood in basements below ground level is not recommended. This is because basements tend to have more moisture and humidity, which is not a good combination with solid hardwood floors. Engineered wood floors are constructed with greater stability especially with temperature and humidity changes than solid wood. It’s a great flooring option when you still want the look and feel of solid wood in your basement. Choose engineered hardwood if you want to create a custom look as this flooring comes unfinished so you can create the exact staining and color that you are looking for.


Laminate floors are another great alternative for a basement. They can be installed below ground level, and offer a wide range of designs and styles. They imitate the look of stone and wood floors with an easy installation. It is an even better option than engineered hardwood if you are concerned about your flooring shrinking or warping.

No matter if you plan on using your basement as a home theater, home office, or game room, all of these options hold up well with high-traffic and are easy to maintain. To explore your style options from the comfort of your home, call the professionals at Floor Coverings International. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect floor for your home in the greater Manalapan, Marlboro, and Middletown, New Jersey area! Call now to schedule your free, in-home consultation.

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