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Basement Flooring – An Overview

If you’ve been thinking about finishing your basement floor – read on. In this article we’ll discuss the benefits of finishing your basement floor, some of the challenges you may encounter, the most common floor covering options and a few options you may not have considered. By the end of this article you’ll have a good idea of what kind of flooring will work in your situation.

Benefits to finishing basement floors

The biggest benefit to finishing the basement floor is the added square footage you will add to your home. If you’ve currently got an unfinished concrete slab, chances are the family isn’t spending much time in the basement. Reclaim this space by finishing the floor. Another benefit to finishing the floor in the basement is resale value. A finished floor is more welcoming and will help you when it comes time to sell your home.

Basement Floor Challenges

The number one challenge when it comes to finishing a basement floor is moisture. Moisture can come up through the concrete. Extra moisture can ruin most flooring – it can cause mold and mildew in carpets and carpet pads, ruin the adhesive used in tile, it can warp hardwood floors and make linoleum peel. So before you begin, it’s essential that you identify any moisture problems. To test for moisture problems, take a large plastic tarp and tape it to the concrete floor using plastic tape. Leave it there for 24-48 hours and then check underneath for moisture. If you find accumulated moisture, you should resolve that problem before moving on to installing flooring – with one exception. Read on to find out which basement floor covering may work with an existing moisture problem.

Basement Floor Covering Options

The most common flooring options fall in the following categories:

* Carpet

Comfortable underfoot, available in nearly unlimited colors. Drawbacks are mold and mildew growing due to the increased moisture in the basement area.

* Hardwood

Beautiful and will increase the resale value. Buckling is an issue if there is an issue with moisture.

* Tile

Extremely cold to walk on when installed over concrete, difficult to install. Most adhesives will break down if there is excess water. Also, mold and mildew love to grow in grout.

* Linoleum

Easy to install and maintain. Moisture may break down the adhesive used.

* Laminate

While laminate does not usually have any organic matter that can be impacted by moisture, the structure itself can breakdown if exposed to any amount of standing water.

And there is one more option that many people overlook – basement floor paint or another type of basement floor coating. You’d be surprised what kind of cement floor epoxy is available on the market today. Often sold for use in the garage these basement floor paints can do wonders. They’re self-leveling, easy to do yourself and inexpensive compared with the other more traditional options. The other good thing is that they don’t hide any moisture problem under layers of flooring. If your basement moisture problem accelerates, you will find out right away instead of having to wait for your hardwood to buckle or your carpet to start smelling musty and moldy. A basement concrete sealer is another product that homeowners can apply themselves to help stop moisture. It can be followed with basement floor paint or other flooring product.

Summary

Extend the square footage and usable space in your home by finishing the floor in your basement. Even if you have moisture problems, there is a flooring option available for you.


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