Are you working on refinishing or remodeling your basement? One of the first decisions you’ll likely make is the type of flooring that you will be installing. There are lots of suitable flooring materials for basements; so choosing just one can be a little overwhelming. That’s why our flooring experts here at Floor Coverings International of Austin has put together a few recommendations and suggestions for you to keep in mind as you make your decision.

The key here is making sure you choose a flooring that will be as moisture-resistant as possible. Basements tend to be more prone to moisture and humidity because of its location, therefore be sure to keep that in mind as you read through these options. Also, make sure that your concrete is level before installing flooring.


Vinyl is one of the more durable options, and requires little to no maintenance, making this one of the most popular choices for basements and other similar areas of your home. There are also self-sticking tiles, making installation a breeze. Thicker styles of vinyl is typically recommended for areas that are often used or that have the most potential for dropping heavier items, so that would be something to consider when thinking about vinyl flooring for your basement. The thicker option can also help hide any imperfections in the concrete slab you are working off of. Vinyl is very versatile from a design standpoint as well, as there are a numerous variety of textured surface options.


Carpeting is also extremely common in finished or remodeled basements. Chose a low-pile or looped carpeting as the cut-looped or similar carpeting styles can be less durable, can get caught and ripped, or are more difficult to clean. To help address the moisture and humidity concerns, install a thick pad between the concrete slab and the carpeting. It’ll make a huge difference in maintenance in the long run, and will have your basement carpet looking really nice and cozy.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are a nice choice because it’s extremely adaptable from a design standpoint, and are installed right over the concrete slab. Ceramic tiles can be a little slippery, but there are options for rectifying that. Those options include various types of finishes and glazes with “anti-slip” and “slip resistant” treatments.


Laminate flooring is a nice choice for basements as it’s a tough, easily cleaned, and versatile in style. There are a few layers that go into the finished product, and each layer is treated differently. Some of the layers are designed specifically to resist moisture, making this a great choice for your basement. The flooring is fairly simple to install as most of the flooring materials are snapped together in tiles that go right over the concrete slab and/or the pad you place over the concrete slab.

At Floor Coverings International of Austin, our goal is to be your go-to professionals for any and all of your flooring needs. If you have questions about the type of flooring you should choose for your basement, or if you’d like to schedule an estimate for a free in-home consultation, give us a call. We’re always here to help.