Mudroom, Foyer and Basement Floor

Mudroom, Foyer and Basement Floor

Mudroom, Foyer and Basement Floor

Sep 20, 2009

With all the flooring options and choices available today, it can be difficult to determine the best fit for each job. Entry ways are one of the first areas seen when someone enters a home, so having an appealing look is important. Having it stay looking good as the years go by is equally so.

Finished basements can be a great way of creating a family room, rec room, or play room for the kids without eating into other living space. Due to their damp nature, though, and the risk of floods, many materials may need to be replaced frequently, causing costs to add up.

Natural Stone and Wood Floors

For entry ways that don’t get a great deal of traffic, such as foyers, but are used by guests and therefore require some visual appeal, natural stone and hard wood floors are great options.

Try using two colors of polished marble tile, with one color bordering the other and outlining the room. Or inset areas of polished marble, or a stone medallion into a wood floor. Remember that any natural material will require some care to keep it looking good. Stone will require sealing on a regular basis, and hardwood will need to be refinished periodically, making these options best for low traffic areas.

If natural stone is desired for the mudroom, consider looking into Chinese slate tiles. Chinese slate is extremely multi-colored and textured, meaning that it will hide dirt and stains better than any other natural material. It should still be sealed to help protect it and bring out its color, and it will spall, or shed little pieces of itself for approximately three months as it settles into its new home.

For narrow or small entry ways, try using 12″ or larger tiles and setting them on the diagonal. This will help to draw the eye out to the corners of the room, helping to enlarge it. A border can be set straight around the edge, with the interior tiles angled for extra delineation.

Porcelain Tile

The best material for a low maintenance or high traffic area is porcelain. Porcelain tiles are extremely hard and durable, never require sealing and can be washed with anything. For damp basements, or entry ways that have a great deal of salt tracked into them during winter months, porcelain truly stands the test of time.

Mudroom, Foyer and Basement Floor

Consider using polished porcelain for high traffic foyers for an elegant look, and textured porcelains for extra grip in mudrooms. Basement floors may do well with large format porcelain, meaning that there are fewer grout lines and less areas for moisture to seep in. Throw rugs can be put down for extra warmth and comfort, as they can be more easily removed and cleaned in case of a flood than a more permanent rug could.

It is perfectly acceptable to mix materials as well, if some natural stone or a decorative look is desired. Try mixing a natural stone border in with a porcelain tile. Or strapping the tiles with wood flooring. This will cut down on the amount of maintenance a floor will require, while adding visual appeal.

Laminate Flooring

Laminates are a great alternative to hardwood for a low maintenance option. Be sure not to use laminates, however, if there is real wood flooring nearby; laminates tend to contrast poorly when compared to the real thing. On their own, however, that have a low maintenance beauty that will work well in most homes.

Whatever possible, try to gauge just how much traffic or use a floor is going to be getting before selecting a material to cover it. Also be realistic about the maintenance. If there are five kids and two dogs living in a home, than perhaps a polished marble floor may be lot more work than bargained for.

Whatever the choice made, be sure that it fits both the home’s style and the occupant’s needs.


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