Remodeling your home's attic space or basement into a guest bedroom can be a home improvement project that really pays off. Increasing the number of bedrooms in your home can add to the the value of your home, as well as provide needed guest space for visiting friends and family members. When converting your attic or basement into a bedroom, choosing the right flooring for your project can help keep costs low and construction schedules short.
Here are some flooring options for basements:
- Ceramic Tiles work well in basements because they are less susceptible to moisture and water damage, which can be an issue in some basements. Ceramic tiles can also be installed directly on top of your basement floor slab as long as it level, dry and in good condition.
- Engineered Flooring looks just like solid wood flooring, because it is made from layers of real hardwood veneers and plywood, but unlike solid wood flooring, engineered flooring is often stable enough to use in basement bedrooms and other below grade locations. Engineered flooring is also simple and clean to install, because it comes pre-finished and is ready to nail down right out of the box.
Here are some flooring options for attics:
- Carpet Tiles are a smart choice for homeowners who are looking to remodel their home's attic themselves, because unlike a roll of heavy carpet, carpet tiles install quickly without the need for specialized tools, and can be carried up to your attic by one person. Self adhesive carpet tiles are the simplest to install because you do not need to brush on any glue or contact cement, as you just trim them to fit and press them on to the floor. Another advantage of carpet tiles is that you can replace a single damaged tile without having to tear up the entire floor covering.
- Laminate Flooring is another good option for attic bedrooms, because it can be installed without any nailing, sanding, or finishing. This means that you won't have to haul a bunch of tools up to the attic and you can avoid filling your home with lots of dust and polyurethane fumes during the installation process. Laminate flooring is also available in numerous styles and patterns, some which look just like real ceramic tiles or hardwood flooring.
All of these flooring options are pretty economical, which makes good financial sense for a room that is not going to be used everyday. Plus, a competent homeowner with some DIY skills can usually complete an installation job within a few days, which means you can finish your floors quicker, and be ready to invite guests to your house sooner.
About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.