1.The main purpose for your space:
- You will want something durable and hard
CONSIDER: Vinyl, laminate, stained or etched cement, ceramic tile and bamboo
TV, reading and relaxing?
- You will want something warm and soft underfoot
CONSIDER: carpet, cork, or engineered hardwood
Office and work area?
- You will want something durable, hard (to roll chairs), but warm
CONSIDER: cork, vinyl, laminate, bamboo
- you will want something durable, stain resistant, warm and fun
CONSIDER: vinyl or rubber (comes in great colours and fun patterns), laminate
- something warm, soft and cozy
CONSIDER: carpet (unless moisture), vinyl (rich wood look)
Or... perhaps a combination of all the above.
2. Region/area where you live:
A lot of moisture?
- you will need a flooring that copes well when exposed to water and resists mold
CONSIDER: vinyl, rubber, stained/etched cement
- dry climates can attract termites that will damage some types of flooring
- dry climates can encourage cracking and flaking of some floors
CONSIDER: cork, carpet, laminate, vinyl
3. Age of the house and how intact the foundation is:
Cracks in the foundation?
- you will want to fix these or make sure you are using moisture resistant flooring in case of flooding
Is the foundation poured cement, wood or even dirt?
- very old homes may be sitting on a wood or dirt foundation and will limit your use of some flooring choices
Most people I talk to are not looking at turning around and selling their home anytime soon, however, life is unpredictable and you never know when you might be in a position of having to sell your house. Finishing a basement increases the living area of your house and this could potentially increase the value of your home. My advice to anyone finishing their basement is: DO NOT cop out and put cheap flooring in because "it is just a basement". Potential homebuyers have to see this space as an extention of your home and believe that just as much quality and care went into designing this area - you will get your money out and more!