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What does "below-grade" flooring mean?

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 10:25 AM

As you search for the perfect new floors, you may hear the term "below-grade." But what does that mean?

The quick answer is that the space is lower than the ground's surface around the home. But here are some more facts that will serve you well as you start your remodel.

Explaining below-grade spaces and their importance in flooring

The easiest way to understand this terminology is to place the word "ground" instead of "grade." So, below-ground and below-grade mean the same thing in home construction.

What's more, if any room is below ground, the entire space and its new floors are known for that. And if at least one home side is below grade, the whole home is considered such.

Important below-grade information

Particular circumstances may apply if you have a below-grade space and need flooring. For instance, solid hardwood is never an option for this place.

Flooring for these spaces must meet specific requirements, including a level of water resistance. The area can be damp and humid, so take necessary precautions.

Flooring your below-grade areas

A perfect floor covering for this space includes luxury and sheet vinyl flooring. The materials at our flooring company are 100% waterproof for your complete peace of mind against damage.

Laminate can also be used, along with various tile and other materials. Speak with an associate today to learn more about this space and what you can do with it.

At our showroom, we offer impressive materials

When you visit Marquis Floors, you'll find an incredible inventory of materials and services. In addition, our associates are ready to work with you on any size remodel.

You can visit our flooring store in Lilburn, GA, for all your flooring needs. From there, we serve residents of:


  • Atlanta
  • Lilburn
  • Wyloway
  • Mountain Park
  • Tucker
  • Norcross
  • Buford
  • Sandy Springs
  • and Marietta, GA