Since youre looking at cheap basement flooring options, your choices largely will be limited to glazed ceramic tile, but you might also find some porcelain tile that fits your budget.
vinyl is a beautiful and convenient flooring choice for any basement. For vinyl tile, skip the 15-pound felt and apply mastic directly to the plywood.
Many floorings options like tiles, rubber flooring, paint, epoxy, can be directly put over the basements existing poured concrete floor, as long as the surface is in good shape. Nevertheless, this direct installation will create a cold surface that becomes uncomfortable in the winters.
Epoxy and concrete paint paint is generally your cheapest basement floor option. Use a good quality epoxy, usually two-part paint, and follow the manufacturers directions exactly. Some epoxies and concrete paints require sealing, etching or other preparation.
You have a few options grind the floor, use a self-leveling compound, or use a subfloor to get it pretty close to even as possible. I have listed a couple of forgiving flooring materials carpet and vinyl to use over uneven concrete floors.
Another option for basement or garage floors is to acid stain the concrete. You can go with any color your heart desires, even turquoise like this room.
Vinyl flooring, also known as resilient flooring, ranks with concrete and ceramic tile as one of the better basement flooring options.
Vinyl tiles can be installed directly on the concrete, or with a felt underpayment. Because it is completely man-made, vinyl tile comes in virtually any color and pattern you can imagine.
Peel and stick vinyl tiles are one of the most inexpensive flooring options for homeowners. And if youre good at measuring and are comfortable using a utility knife, youll have no problem installing a basic vinyl tile floor. This flooring is virtually indestructible, is often waterproof and is easier to install than most other flooring materials.