What Kind of Flooring is Best for a Finished Basement?

By now you’ve surely heard of EVP or LVP (engineered, or luxury vinyl plank) flooring. What’s all the buzz about? Does it live up to all the hype? When it comes to choosing flooring for a finished basement you want something that’s durable, water resistant, and beautiful—is that too much to ask?

Here’s why EVP might just be the ideal flooring option for your finished basement:

Water Resistance

Being below-grade, basements are by nature susceptible to water damage—be it minor dampness from the surrounding soil, or outright flooding from storms or burst pipes. Traditional flooring choices such as carpet or hardwood don’t stand a chance of surviving when confronted with standing water, and even a spilled beverage can become problematic if not cleaned up quickly and thoroughly. EVP flooring, however, is made from waterproof materials, and—while you wouldn’t want to leave it submerged under water for any length of time—chances are that the flooring could be salvaged, even in a worse-case scenario. In the more plausible day-to-day turn of events, spills and accidents can be wiped up without leaving a trace.


In terms of overall durability, EVP flooring can’t be beat. Meant to withstand heavy foot traffic, it’s a smart choice for a basement that might be used as a playroom, home gym, or entertainment space. Additionally, EVP proves resistant to scratches and dents, meaning it will retain its beauty for years to come.

Easy Installation

If you’re a DIYer at heart, then you may wish to save money by installing EVP flooring yourself. The planks are designed to lock together, and—unlike traditional hardwood or tile—EVP can be installed over existing flooring without the need for adhesives or special tools. For basement application, however, it’s especially important to determine whether or not the concrete floor is level prior to installation. If the floor isn’t level you may have to grind the concrete down and/or apply a self-leveling compound. 


Compared to other flooring options like hardwood or tile, EVP is relatively affordable. This makes it a great choice for homeowners who want to finish their basement on a budget without sacrificing quality. Additionally, because EVP is so durable, you won’t have to worry about replacing it anytime soon, which means you’ll save money in the long run.

Stylish Options

Finally, EVP comes in a wide range of stylish options, which means you can choose a finish that complements the overall design of your basement. From rustic wood finishes to sleek and modern styles, there’s an EVP option to suit every taste.

If you’re looking for a durable, water-resistant, and affordable flooring option for your finished basement, EVP might just be the perfect choice. With its easy installation, stylish options, and long-lasting durability, EVP is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for homeowners who want to finish their basements with quality flooring.

For a quality basement finish call Sheffield Homes Finished Basements and More. With nearly 50 years’ experience in residential construction in the Denver metro area and in northern Colorado, we’ve got the experience, expertise, and trade relationships to design and build a basement you’ll love for a lifetime. Call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation:  303-420-0056.


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