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What flooring can I install in my basement?

carpet in basement that can handle basement moistureFinishing your basement is an exciting project. There’s so much empty space and so many possibilities. From top to bottom, there’s a million decisions to make: paint color, furniture, trim color, flooring. The last item on the list, flooring, comes with a small twist.

That small twist is water. Because basements are below ground, moisture seeps through the walls and floors. Not all types of flooring can take the moisture, leaving you with damaged and stained floors that you need to replace within a few years.

We’ve divided your basement flooring options into two categories: DIY & installer (schedule an installer by contacting local professionals). The DIY basement flooring options allow you to save money by installing the floors yourself. You can find these floors at your local flooring stores (ask about a discount for buying in bulk). Use these tips to guarantee a successful basement floor installation.

DIY Options

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl can check off a lot of boxes for basement flooring: the product comes in planks that can be installed as a DIY project, isn’t affected by moisture, and comes in a variety of looks and colors. These floors come in long tiles that give the floor a modern look, wood that looks like genuine hardwoods, or in a stone pattern that looks like slate or porcelain.

Engineered Hardwood

To be clear, hardwood floors should not be installed in a basement because of moisture. Water seeps up through the basement slab, warping and damaging wood flooring. If you still want wood flooring in your basement, choose the next best thing: engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood is made up of many layers, including the top layer which is 100% wood. Because of the construction, engineered wood is safe to install over a concrete slab. (Many engineered hardwood floors can also be installed as a floating floor.)


Porcelain and ceramic tile looks great in any basement, and are available in long slats, square tiles, colors, and patterns. Tiles are a natural conductor of heat, which make them a great flooring to install over radiant heating. Today’s tile products look like stone or wood and can be installed with or without grout lines.

Carpet tile

Carpet tile is an ideal option for basements. They offer the softness of carpeting, a custom design, and a unique way to clean-up. Depending on the carpet tile you choose, carpet tiles can be laid out in any pattern you want. If a carpet tile gets dirty, it can be cleaned or swapped out with another carpet tile. Carpet tiles are ideal for office spaces, rec rooms, day care spaces, and game rooms.

Installer Options


For homeowners who don’t want to take on a do-it-yourself project, carpet is a great choice for basements. Carpet is soft, easy-to-care-for, and a warm barrier over a basement concrete slab. Today’s carpet comes in almost every color and style, and can fit any budget. If you’re worried about the latter, consider purchasing a carpet remnant. Carpet remnants are the “leftovers” from a roll; these pieces can be fairly large and are sold at a discounted rate. If you’re considering a remnant, visit your local flooring store to see what options are available for your basement.


Vinyl flooring can handle all the water in your basement; we’ve even seen some vinyl floors survive after being submerged under water (perfect for a basement that is prone to flooding-make sure you tell your flooring salesperson that your basement floods). Vinyl floors are typically glued down and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

4 Resolutions for your Home You Can Keep

Home Sweet Home Showing Welcome Friendly Invitation New Year's resolutions for the homeIt’s that time of year of again: the time when we make promises for improvement in the New Year. We’ve all heard (or made) the most common New Year’s resolutions: losing weight, saving money, eating better. And while it is fun to follow the crowd, are you looking for a resolution focused on “where the heart is,” your home? Or are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that you can (actually) keep? If so, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions that you can mark off your list easily—and be proud of the results.

I will put install new flooring myself!

DIY laminate floorFor friends of ours, the “straw that broke the camel’s back” was the last Jell-o stain from their young children’s dessert. They were tired of the neutral-colored carpet in their dining room, and sick of cleaning up the spills. They decided to install laminate because the flooring could take the daily messes, and dinner messes that go with toddlers and children. Once they were sure of their flooring decision, they ripped up the old floor and installed their new, easier-to-clean laminate flooring in just a day.

If you’ve been wishing for new flooring for a long time, and have some basic handyman skills or a lean budget, consider flooring you can install yourself, such as laminate or luxury vinyl plank flooring (there are other options we’ve listed here). Consult the experts before you buy your DIY flooring to make sure the type of floor works well for your space and for any tips for installation. If you are buying for a large space, consider purchasing a large quantity of flooring at a discount.

I will add value to my home.

wood flooringThere are many different ways to tackle this New Year’s resolution—but the key is to finish whatever project you start. Commonly, a project is only included in an assessment of your home if the project is done. Projects that add value include (but are not limited to) bathroom and kitchen remodels, finishing a basement or attic, or adding wood floors to your home. If you decide to take on any of these projects, consult your local flooring experts to make sure you choose the flooring that works for your project; there are different flooring products that work better in certain areas, such in a finished basement.

I will get my carpets cleaned.

A professional carpet cleaning can give your carpet a deep clean beyond any spot cleaning. We’re not talking about renting a cleaner from the store; a professional carpet cleaning goes beyond, removing all the stains you can see and can’t see. If you have allergies or other respiratory issues, you should have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis to remove any allergens for your home. The best part of a professional cleaning is you get results without having to lift a finger (or dump dirty water or…). Just pick up the phone and schedule a carpet cleaning with a local carpet cleaner with experience and a good track record. Effortless and done—and a New Year’s resolution you can check off the list easily.

I will finish my basement.

An unfinished (waterproofed!) basement is a space full of potential. It’s just waiting to be turned into a family room, game room, bedroom, work shop…whatever you want it to be. If your basement is like most American homes, your basement walls and floor is concrete. Though durable and affordable, concrete is porous, allowing moisture to seep through the floor and walls. Because of this, one flooring not recommended for basements is solid wood flooring. Don’t fret; there are other options with the look of wood, without the buckling and warping that can occur because of moisture in a basement. Engineered hardwood, vinyl plank flooring, carpet and laminate both can be installed in basements without any chance of warping. If you have any questions about any of these kinds of floors, or want to see your options so you can get the job started, stop in at any of our Y’s Way Flooring locations. We’ll help you get your New Year’s resolution started, so you can get it done—and marked off of your list.

Ultimate Flooring for Every Kind of Man Cave

man caveWikipedia defines a man cave as: “a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, or basement.” However, many of our male customers use other words to describe their man space: “it’s my hideaway,” “my place where I can watch the game in peace,” “my hangout with my buddies,” and “a place where men can be men.” Whatever your definition of the ultimate man cave or man space is—a game room, grilling station, theater/media room, garage, game room, sports room, music space—don’t forget to research and select every detail for your man space, including the flooring. You don’t want to just slap down any flooring in your man space, you want flooring that can handle what, ahem, men do in their man cave:

Grilling station. A proper grilling station is more than a patio, it’s a man space suitably equipped for barbeques with your family or your entire neighborhood. You’ll need a surface below the grill that is easy to clean after the party’s done and you’ve produced a gourmet grilling feast. Porcelain and slate tile fits the bill, as does stained concrete. Make sure to tell your salesperson that you are using tile for outdoor use, so they can point you to a tile suitable for the Grillmaster’s man space.

Theater/media room. A media room needs awesome audiovisual equipment that can give your man cave the theater feel—and also flooring and wall coverings that can give you the optimal effect from that amazing sound system. The top-recommended flooring for theater/media rooms is carpet for acoustics, but other flooring can be used as long as you use area rugs and soft wall coverings. If your theater/media room is in the basement, avoid wood flooring. Use these tips for selecting the right flooring that works in a basement.

Garage. If your garage is your man room, choose flooring that is easy to clean and fits your needs. Epoxy coated floors, mats and vinyl flooring give you the look you want, and a functional space where you can work on your beloved automobile or create a masterpiece from wood. All of these garage floors are easy to clean and sweep away small pieces and parts, while mats can keep you comfortable as you spend time in your shed, workshop, or man space.

Game room. If you need sound deadening flooring or want to match the felt on your pool table with your flooring, consider carpeting. For a game room in a basement, avoid hardwood because of moisture issues. You can use engineered wood flooring, tile or vinyl flooring instead; each of these floors can handle the moisture levels that come with Wisconsin basements. For the look of wood, consider one of the luxury vinyl floor products that look like wood, can be a DIY project and is known for durability (even during the most heated game battles).

If you have any questions, ask the experts at Y’s Way Flooring on Facebook, via email or in person. They can recommend flooring that gives your man cave the manly feel you want, and the functionality you need in your male sanctuary.

Need to clean up water in your basement?

basement picture after water damage“April showers bring May flowers.” April (or any time of the year) showers also bring storms, flooded basements and mold if the basement is not cleaned up properly. That’s why it’s so important to go step-by-step to clean up water in your basement, and bring in professionals to assist with flooding clean-up. Cleaning up water in your basement is a methodical (and somewhat painful!) clean-up process that can be successful so you can reclaim your living or storage space—after a few calculated clean-up steps:

  1. Don’t walk in the water! Contact your utility company BEFORE heading into the water. Ask them to turn the power off to your home so you are not electrocuted.
  2. Pump the water out. If you don’t have the time to pump the water out, hire an experienced professional from Y’s Way Flooring that can rid your basement of standing water. Make sure a professional has given the all clear to turn the electric back on so you can plug in dehumidifiers and fans to dry out your basement.
  3. Have the furnace cleared. Before you fire up the furnace, contact a professional HVAC technician to inspect your furnace to make sure it’s safe and functional.
  4. Remove wet items from the basement. Throw away any items beyond repair, and move wet furniture to a dry place. Don’t assume that all items are unrecoverable; dry out items that are questionable to see if they can be cleaned and reused.
  5. Make sure everything is completely dry. Don’t rush back into your basement until you are sure that the flooring and walls are completely clear of moisture, which can cause mold to grow. Exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems such as sneezing and eye irritation, and even long-term issues such as asthma and allergies.
  6. Repair or clean drywall and insulation in your finished basement. If your basement is finished, your drywall and insulation needs to be sanitized or replaced. How much of the drywall and insulation needs cleaning or repair depends on how much water was in your basement and how high the water was. Contact the professionals to remove the drywall and wet insulation with masks (if needed) and repair the damage.
  7. Replace the flooring (if needed). If your basement flooring is in dire need of replacing from water damage, use our guide to select the right flooring to go over your concrete slab. For any questions about floors suitable for basements, and what the professionals have seen work in other basement, contact or visit a Y’s Way Flooring or send a message on their Facebook page. Their experts can help you select the right flooring for your basement—hopefully flooring that won’t see a flood again anytime soon.

To prevent future basement flooding, determine what caused the water to come in your basement, and take necessary precautions such as installing a sub pump, grading or waterproofing. Contact a professional to assist so you won’t ever have to deal with water in your basement again—or all the repair, pumping and flooring replacement again.