Basement Flooring Options, does it matter what I use?

January 25, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

The short answer to this question is no.  But perhaps this is not the only question you should be asking yourself.  If you are looking to renovate your home, one of the decisions you need to make is what type of flooring makes sense for you and your family; hardwood, carpet, laminate, tiles? Unfortunately, in an effort to keep costs down people often neglect to consider what should be underneath the finished product.  If you don’t consider this as part of your renovation costs, it may end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

Most basements have a concrete floor which is a porous material and will absorb moisture from the ground and the air.  It is critical that this moisture does not penetrate through to your new flooring or else you will quickly find yourself with a new problem, mold.

Too often people mistakenly believe that the reason for their mold problem in the basement is a result of the carpet.  The problem isn’t the carpet, but the way the carpet was installed.  Carpet under pad should not be laid directly onto your concrete floor (neither should hardwood, laminate or other finished flooring products).  The rule of thumb is, don’t lay one porous material directly on top of another.  If you do this, it is not a question of ‘if’ the moisture will be absorbed; it’s a question of ‘when’.

Whatever your flooring choice may be, it is important to first make sure the environment is clean and dry.  Once the basics have been taken care of (proper waterproofing, drainage and air circulation) investigate the installation of a basement subfloor product.  These products are always the best choice as they are elevated from the substrate (concrete), allow for air circulation underneath your finished floor product and create a vapour barrier to keep the moisture away from your new basement flooring.  There are many products on the market so remember to ask a lot of questions and shop around for the best solution for you.

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