Carpet vs. Hard Floors for Your Basement Remodel

Carpet vs. Hard Floors for Your Basement Remodel

Choosing the right flooring for your basement remodel can be challenging because both materials offer different benefits. And picking between the two is crucial because the floors can significantly impact your home's aesthetics and day-to-day functions. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, so TLC Remodeling is here to help you decide which option is the best for your basement.


Your budget will be the first consideration, and carpet will be a less expensive option than most hard materials. The prices can range between a dollar and $20 per square foot, but on average, carpeting will run around $3 per square foot with installation.

Laminate floors can cost anywhere from $0.60 to $5 per square foot, and hardwood starts at around $4 and goes up from there.


Carpet installation requires an underlayment pad, and nails are used to track down strips around the edges. The carpet is then rolled out onto the floor, stretched, and hooked into the carpet with the tack strips. It will also need to be trimmed, and the seams are joined with heat-activated tape; the installation takes around a day, depending on the area of the space.

Professional installations for hard flooring start with the boards being laid down one at a time and then aligned together if cut with grooves. The panels will then be nailed down to the joists to stabilize them. Depending on the size of the room, the installation can take up to two weeks, leaving carpeting the quicker option.


Carpet can offer more in terms of feel, texture, and color and is not only soft in appearance but in touch as well, making it a more soothing option for some individuals. Making carpeting the best choice for areas like bedrooms and relaxation spaces.

Hard flooring comes in various looks, including natural wood grain, and can create a brilliant look in the room. If your basement area is highly active, hard flooring won't be affected as easily as carpeting, making it a better option for maintaining stunning aesthetics.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Routine cleanings don't require much work with carpeting unless something stains the material. Carpets typically only require vacuuming, but the fibers can trap particulates and allergens, making them less than ideal for individuals with sensitivities.

Hard flooring options can be more complex because they require not only sweeping or vacuuming but also mopping to remove stains and dirt buildup. They are also more susceptible to dents and scratches, meaning possible repairs if damage occurs.


On average, high-quality carpeting will last around ten years before it needs replacement. One of the biggest issues is if water damage occurs in the home, mold can grow easily in the fibers if left unaddressed.

When hard materials are properly maintained, they can last for generations. And while they may need to be sanded and refinished periodically from wear and tear, this will help enhance their longevity and keep them looking brilliant, making them the more durable choice.

Local and Professional Remodeling Services

The debate between carpeting and hard flooring has been around for years, and understanding your needs can help you make the right decision. Working with a qualified and professional remodeling contractor can make your entire process easier, and TLC Remodeling would love to bring your vision to life! Whether you are considering whole house renovation or want to upgrade your space with new kitchen countertops, our Minnesota team of designers always delivers expert results.

TLC Remodeling is family-owned and will bring that same dedication to your project, so call us at 763-241-8871 or message us online to schedule a design consultation.