The Best Options for Your Next Basement Flooring Project

In this guide, we tackle the best basement flooring options out there and examine how to pick the right products for your next project.

Starting Your Basement Flooring Project

Ready to revitalize your basement? Upgrading your basement floor is the first step in breathing new life into your space. By retouching or updating your basement flooring, you can add value to your residential space and transform it into one of the most useful rooms in the house. 

Not sure where to start? Read on. In this guide, we tackle the best basement flooring options out there and examine how to pick the right products for your next project.

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Chapter 1

Staining or Dying Your Basement Floor

By staining or dying your basement floor, you can transform a basement into a sleek and impressive room. Still, there are different advantages, disadvantages, and applications for stains and dyes. Ultimately, the product you choose should depend on the final outcome you’re looking for. Here’s a deeper look at concrete stains and dyes:

Stains for Basement Floors

Staining concrete is a simple way to transform the appearance of your basement flooring and impress onlookers. In general, there are two types of concrete stains to choose from: water-based and acid-based. Again, the type of stain you’ll want to choose depends on how you want the final product to turn out:

  • Water-based staining: Water-based stains fill up the rough areas of the concrete to produce a stain. They coat the surface of the concrete and can produce rich coloring. They also come in a wide range of colors, hues, and tones. Another advantage is that they’re often free from or low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Still, despite their advantages, water-based stains may not be the best option for all concrete basement floor. If it’s a high-traffic area, water-based stains can be vulnerable to fading over time. 
  • Acid-based staining: Acid-based staining doesn’t just coat the surface of the flooring. Instead, it penetrates deep into the concrete. As a result, these stains are able to produce subtle, translucent effects. They are also designed to stand up to UV light and foot traffic. Acid-based stains are less likely to fade than water-based stains, but their color selection is more limited—generally ranging from bright blues to earth shades.

Concrete Dyes for Basement Floors

Dyed concrete floors are another excellent option if you want to draw out bright colors. However, with dyes, no chemical reaction occurs. Instead, you are just applying dye to the surface. 

Generally, dyes are available in liquid form, or as dry pigment. It’s worth noting that different dyes will provide differing effects and require specific installation procedures. For instance, for acetone dyes, you’ll want to apply the chemical to polished concrete before it has been sealed.

Chapter 2

Resurfacing Concrete Basement Floors

Want to transform your basement floor with that stunning color, design, or pattern you’ve always dreamed of? Decorative concrete resurfacing is the answer. 

Rather than completely replacing surfaces, resurfacing provides a simple route to beautiful, high-performing basement flooring. In the resurfacing process, you apply fresh concrete substances on top of an existing surface. 

Wondering what the advantages of resurfacing concrete basement floors are? Here are a few:

  • It’s cost-effective: Resurfacing concrete is an affordable option and much less costly than replacing concrete. 
  • It adds durability: When you resurface, you can nearly double the compressive strength of your concrete flooring. Once the project is complete, not only do you achieve a new decorative finish, but when it’s sealed, it also becomes nonporous and is resistant to abrasions or spills. 
  • It’s long-lasting: Because you’re adding strength and new qualities to your flooring, you don’t need to worry about replacing worn or stained surfaces. 
  • It yields impressive designs: Resurfacing concrete allows you to redesign the space to fit your vision. Plus, if you want to use advanced staining techniques and patterns, you’ll find they’re less expensive on concrete than with terrazzo, marble flooring, or slate.
The Best Concrete Resurfacing Options for Basements

Concrete Microtoppings

One of the best options for resurfacing concrete basement flooring is laying down a concrete microtopping. Microtoppings are built to hold up in residential and commercial spaces. When you apply the topping, it bonds directly to the existing concrete surface. With that, you can completely revitalize damaged concrete floors and choose a color or design that revives the whole space.

A popular example of an advanced concrete microtopping is Skraffino. It’s designed to hold up indoors and outdoors and is simple to install. In addition to setting up as a durable, nonslip surface, the microtopping allows for fresh looks and sets the stage for a range of decorative design options. 

Self-Leveling Concrete

Self-leveling concrete is another excellent option when it comes to resurfacing concrete basement floors. With self-leveling systems, such as Param 5500, the substance bonds to the substrate and can be laid down over concrete or nonporous bases. 

A big advantage of self-leveling concrete is its ability to take on decorative toppings, overlays, dyes, epoxy finishes, and other visually dazzling substances. That means basement owners can design a long-lasting concrete floor with both the look and the feel they’re after. 

Coatings for Basement Floors

Basement owners can use epoxy floor coatings to strengthen their basement surfaces, upgrade the floor’s appearance, and add long-lasting qualities. They give you control of your floor’s look, ranging from matte to high-gloss options. At the same time, they simplify maintenance and cleaning. Because they add nonporous qualities to your basement, they’re able to shrug off spills, and they come in chemical-resistant options. 

Basement Floor Sealers

Concrete is porous by nature and should be sealed. Sealers protect the floor from everyday use and also provide stain resistance. They’re also designed to enhance color and add gloss to your floor. 

Sealers come in two varieties: water-based and solvent-based. Both are protective top coats for your flooring, and both can be applied right after the concrete is cured. Here’s a deeper look at both options:

Water-Based Sealers vs. Solvent-Based Sealers

Water-based sealers and solvent-based sealers have different characteristics, although they tend to perform in a similar way once they’ve cured. Both sealers add an extra layer of durability to floors and protect surfaces from chemicals, water damage, and abrasions. They’re also both easy to apply and can be rolled onto a surface or sprayed with little preparation. 

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is their appearance. Water-based sealers usually create a clouded matte appearance that produces less of a shine. Solvent-based sealers often come in more glossy options. Because of their gloss, solvent-based sealers are more likely to be used to bring out the colors of decorative concrete below.

 

 

Chapter 3

Turn Your Next Project into a Masterpiece

If you’re ready to make your next basement flooring project a success, we have the resources to help. 

Interested in installing your own basement concrete microtoppings, self-leveling concrete, or sealants? Visit our instructional video section before you take on your next DIY project. 


Have questions about your basement flooring project? Contact one of our flooring experts today.

Visit our training section to learn how to apply finishes or contact one of our experts for advice on your next basement flooring project

 

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