The floor of a basement is not like the floors in the rest of the building because it is below ground level. The basement walls are the foundations the structure rests on, and they shift slightly (they are supposed to) with changing temperatures. The effects of water drainage around the base of the building make a difference in hydrostatic pressure pushing moisture into the walls and floor.
This means there will be some flexing and moisture potential in your floor that you need to compensate for during installation. But the ways you do that are determined by the individual installation, so it’s a good idea to get the advice of a few experts before you attempt to do it yourself.
The use of ceramic tile in basements is popular because the tile will not be affected by common basement problems like moisture. It can bring fresh life and light into a dark, dingy cave. But the same qualities that make ceramic tile ideal for a basement — stable, dense, moisture-resistant — mean it has to be put down correctly. Ceramic tile does not bend, so the foundation it is installed on needs to be prepared carefully so that it is level and stable. As walls or floor flex slightly with the changing conditions, a professional will have put some sort of compensatory mechanism in place to keep the tile from bending.
Ceramic tile is probably the best choice for a basement, but it has to be the right tile for the location and installed correctly. You will find expert advice on basement tile flooring in Montreal at any one of our showrooms. Come in soon and see what is possible!