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Choosing the Best Basement Flooring 

When you’re selecting the best basement flooring for your New England basement you need to carefully consider a few factors. Climate, basement use, budget, and style are all important to keep in mind when you choose your basement flooring. Homeowners must balance seasonal fluctuations, comfort, and functionality when making the decision. 

Your basement might not be one of the high-traffic areas of your home, but you still need a new floor that suits your lifestyle, prevents water damage, and lasts. Whether you’re renovating an old space or completing a new finished basement, we have the information you need to make the right decision.

Climate Considerations in New England

Cold winters and humid summers have a significant impact on basement environments. Given the harshness of the New England climate, your basement flooring should be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. 

In winter, the cold can penetrate basement floors. This is compounded by the humidity from the concrete slab below the basement floor, which can affect the entire space and may lead you to turn up the heat. Summer humidity can cause moisture accumulation in your basement that can warp or damage your floors. 

Fluctuating temperatures throughout the year can cause your basement flooring materials to expand and contract. Over time, this can lead to cracking or buckling. So in New England, homeowners tend to do well with basement flooring that withstands the cold, humidity, mildew, and these temperature fluctuations. 

Other Considerations When Choosing a Basement Flooring Option

While climate might be a highly significant factor in choosing your basement flooring, there are other factors to keep in mind. 

Basement Use

How you intend to use your basement will affect your flooring materials. If you’re using the basement as a family room, a playroom, or a home gym, you’ll want to focus on comfort and durability. If the downstairs is used as a living space you want flooring for your basement that assists with keeping the temperature comfortable throughout the year. If your basement is going to be used more for storage and utility purposes, you’ll want a low-maintenance option. 


Different types of flooring for basements come at many different price points. That’s why budget is an important consideration when choosing your flooring. That said, even if you want a cost-effective option, you likely want one that requires minimal maintenance and still provides longevity.


If the basement will be a place used frequently, you want flooring that aligns with your home’s overall design and style. Engineered wood flooring, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, and other flooring materials can enhance various homes, depending on the style. Your aesthetic preferences and the style of your home should guide this decision. 


Because your basement will be subject to moisture and temperature fluctuations, your basement flooring should be low maintenance. If it’s higher maintenance, evaluate your willingness to maintain the flooring. For example, you could use carpeting in the basement, but you would need to clean it regularly to prevent mold. 

Health and Safety

Basements tend to have less ventilation, so you’ll want to carefully consider the health implications of the various basement flooring materials. For example, you may need to consider flooring materials that are safer for people with allergies. Depending on how damp your basement is, you might want to invest in something slip-resistant. 

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Popular Basement Flooring Options

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is one of the most popular basement flooring options – and for good reason. It provides moisture resistance, which makes it ideal for New England’s humid conditions. It’s also incredibly durable and easy to clean. Some vinyl options have a padded underlayer, which moderates the temperature and keeps the floor warmer underfoot. 

Basement vinyl flooring also comes in a range of styles and a variety of colors to match your needs. Whether you want a lighter color to brighten up a dark basement or a darker color to maintain a feeling of warmth, there’s a vinyl flooring option to suit your needs. 

High-quality basement vinyl flooring is perfect for every floor, scratch resistant, waterproof, stain resistant, and fire resistant. It can also be pet proof and dent proof. 


Carpet adds warmth and comfort as well as noise insulation. While these can be beneficial in a basement, carpet requires regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent mold. If your carpet is damaged, it can be difficult to repair, often requiring replacement. 

Sheet Vinyl

Sheet vinyl provides you with more style options and a variety of colors to choose from. It’s also easy to maintain and has a long lifespan. However, it’s not great for people with pets and it can unglue around the seam. Damage from the sunlight can cause changes to the color over time and water can become trapped above the subfloor. 

Wood Flooring

Real wood flooring isn’t ideal for a moisture-prone area like a basement because it can warp and deteriorate under humidity. Vinyl engineered to look like wood is a great option if you want the look of wood without the maintenance or risk of water damage.  


Concrete flooring is highly durable and low maintenance. If your basement is only used for storage or other utility purposes, concrete can be a cost-effective flooring option. It can also be stained for a more appealing look that better matches your home. However, a concrete basement floor tends to be cold and uncomfortable to walk on. Even in a utility space, you may want to add area rugs or mats to improve the comfort level. If your basement is used as a living area, concrete is not ideal. 

There are many options to choose from when it comes to installing a new floor. The best basement flooring options are those that combine moisture resistance with durability to give you a basement floor that meets your needs. 


Our NEWPRO team of experts specializes in installing LuxLife vinyl flooring, bringing unrivaled functionality and style to your New England basement and beyond. This eco-friendly material is made to last, with a strong protective layer that is waterproof, stain-resistant, and easy to clean.

We’re here to help you with your home improvement needs, from superior-performance flooring that will last for years to full remodeling projects. Do you have a question about our floor installation process or other services? Contact us, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

If you’re ready to go ahead and upgrade your basement with luxury vinyl plank flooring, request a free quote today. Our flooring solutions and expert installation come with an unmatched warranty to give you peace of mind. We bring the best floor and fixture options for New England homeowners like you. Call us today to find out more!

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For more than 75 years, NEWPRO has maintained a stellar reputation among New England homeowners for providing an exceptional product selection, personalized service, and professional installation.

Our flooring contractors can help your home renovation by replacing your existing flooring with whatever type of flooring material you want. From installing new flooring in your living room to replacing your kitchen wood flooring, we’ve got you covered.

Whatever type of flooring installation project you are embarking on, we offer a streamlined, step-by-step process:

Step 1
Meet Your NEWPRO Flooring Designer
Schedule a no-obligation appointment with a NEWPRO design consultant to create the floors of your dreams. You'll receive a free in-home consultation inspection and quote
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An expert measuring technician will conduct a flooring pre-inspection to ensure your flooring fits perfectly for maximum performance.
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Your custom flooring is ordered, built, and scheduled for quick and easy installation that minimizes disruptions to your home life.

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