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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2013

How much does nature stone installation cost? The unfinished side of my basement is approximately 20x12

Trying to decide if I want to tile my unfinished basement floor or nature stone it.

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Naturestone or similar epoxy-based coating is certainly cheaper than tile (around $4-6/SF), less damaged if you drop hard items on it, and probably at least as easy to clean, and will act as a vapor sealant to reduce humidity coming up through the slab, and can have other floorings like laminate or carpet installed over it with probably no prep.

Tile flooring is probably double the cost or more (typically $10-15/SF), is more resistant to foot wear-through of the finish but less tolerant to dropping heavy or metallic items on it, and requires more maintenance in the form of periodic grout cleaning and resealing.

For that large an area it would be odd to do it in tile - that is more normal in bathrooms, kitchens, and entries - not large basement floors.

For resale value, options in the future (for you or prospective buyers), cost, and "normality" for resale purposes, I would personally not even consider tile - I would be comparing Naturestone to stained concrete and ground concrete. And this from the son of a tile contrator.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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