What is the best flooring for a basement? Has anyone had experience with the wood-like laminate?
We recently pulled up a nasty, old, flat carpet that was covering the floor in our basement rec room. The room is approximately 12x14. There is concrete underneath. Part of the carpet near the wall showed signs of water damage, but we do not know how old it was (the carpet looked like it was installed in the 1970s).
I want a flooring that:
1) looks acceptably nice,
2) doesn't cost a fortune, and
3) wouldn't need to be completely removed in case of water entry to the basement.
We were at Home Depot the other day and looking into the laminate pieces that you put together yourself
. They don't look bad and it seems pretty easy to remove any that have been damaged.
Has anyone had experience using a flooring like this. Any specific types that we should use/avoid? Is there a better material to use in a basement? This will be a common area and will receive a lot of foot traffic. We'd like it to be somewhat cozy of a material (i.e. not straight concrete) as we will be using it as a den/family room.
Also: we will most likely be getting our materials at Home Depot so brands that they carry will be preferred. Money is definitely an issue, but so is longevity and durability.
Thanks in advance!