In Toronto, where any square footage is coveted, a basement can be used to gain precious living space. But using the wrong flooring can make it feel damp and cold. To avoid that, here are the best flooring options to use in a basement according to a Toronto custom home builder.


Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are a classic option for basements but while they’re easy to maintain they’re also often too cold for basements in Toronto.


  • Multiple sizes, color, design, and styles to chose from
  • Easy to maintain
  • Water resistant


  • Can crack if heavy objects dropped on
  • Can feel cold

Luxury Vinyl Planks

LVP isn’t what it used to be. It’s come a long way but despite the durability, some people can’t get over the vinyl aspect.


  • Affordable price
  • Applied to any surface
  • Water resistance
  • More cushioning than tile
  • Many style options (can even mimic real tile, stone, and wood)


  • Not a high-end product
  • Many people view it as “cheap”

Engineered Wood

Hardwood, even engineered wood, is a classic option that will never go out of style. But even with higher durability than real hardwood, there are still water issues.


  • Provides beauty and warmth of real hardwood
  • Durable
  • Moisture resistant


  • Prone to cupping, warping, and swelling
  • Cannot be refinished later on
  • More expensive


Carpet provides cushioning and warmth that basements desperately need. However, if introduced to water it becomes a soggy mess.


  • Provides warmth and cushion
  • Affordably priced
  • Multiple styles, colors, and plushness available


  • Not water resistant
  • Can be viewed as cheap
  • Hard to redo single section unless carpet squares used
  • Prone to damage

Epoxy Coating

Not the most glamorous flooring, but epoxy coating gets the job done in terms of durability and waterproofing.


  • Durable
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to apply
  • Comes in multiple colors


  • Not the best looking
  • Doesn’t provide style or comfort

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