Basement Renovation Flooring Showdown ? Part 3: Linoleum vs Ceramic Tiles

Having discussed the flooring showdown between carpet and laminate and then vinyl tile vs engineered hardwood, we conclude our flooring for basement renovation talk with two more players to the game: linoleum and ceramic tiles.

A basement renovation can be quite a job and the flooring for your basement should be a top priority ? which is why we've given you the breakdown of all your choices.

Homeowners will choose linoleum for their basement flooring option when it comes to environmentally friendly product, as it's made of natural materials like linseed oil, limestone, and recycled wood flour.

You can't go wrong with ceramic tile, the behemoth of all basement flooring. Because it's not affected by water or water vapor, ceramic tile may be installed directly over a concrete slab, helping to conserve precious space in those low-bearing basement ceilings.

And now the basement renovation flooring breakdown between linoleum and ceramic tiles:

? Linoleum Ceramic Tile
Comfort Comfort level is okay ? not as plush as carpet, but comfortable enough. If you're prone to allergies or don't like the odors of linseed oil, this might not be the right option for you. Comfortable enough ? wear socks!
Upkeep Naturally anti-bacterial and is a very popular choice for it's microbial qualities Unaffected by water or water vapor and can be installed over concrete.
Durability Resists staining and gouging, can last up to 40 years if it's up kept properly. Must be maintained over time to preserve its look and repellency. You don't have to worry about cuts and dents and don?t have to worry about it getting wet. Ceramic tile can chip or crack and will cost top dollar
Appearance Vivid color choices, made of natural materials. It is a popular choice in daycares, hospitals because of its natural bacterial qualities and highly durable. Can be for more modernist or minimalist type look. Doesn't fit modern standards.
Cost $2 - $4 a square foot, installed For 20 x 20 room, can cost up to $3,500
Resale Value OK and will last, but not as great as hardwood or carpet visually Extremely durable and can last for years ? but not as pretty.

And there you have it folks! Our basement renovation flooring breakdown. Your choices are clear and all of the important factors are evident now.

Our best recommendation is to check your local tiling or flooring sellers to get the full feel and comfort levels of all flooring material before you make your decision. Always test drive before taking it off the lot!

For more complete analysis of your flooring options, your basement renovation experts at Solid Arc are always here to answer your questions.

Happy flooring!