Basement Flooring

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Above all, basement flooring has to be practical. People often do all sorts of things in their basement that they wouldn't dream of doing in the rest of the house. Also, and perhaps more importantly, basements are prone to damp and quite often flooding too. This means that whatever else you do, you should pick a floor covering for your basement that will not be ruined, even if it is submersed in water for a while.

The best choices of all for basement flooring are probably concrete slabs, stone, slate or tile. The very last material you should consider for basement flooring is wood of any description. With constant dampness and even only an occasional flooding, it will surely rot! Don't think that having concrete walls will insulate you from dampness. Moisture can mysteriously find its way in, and concrete is no barrier!

Fix Moisture Problems Before Laying Basement Flooring

If you notice that there is a lot of moisture in your basement however, make sure you have the foundations checked out and if necessary fixed before you lay new basement flooring. If there is nothing wrong with your foundations or walls, you can try using a proprietary sealant. Do make sure you get expert advice on this though. You can spend hundreds sealing your basement floor without much effect if there is an underlying problem with the foundations.

Many of us prefer the least expensive solution for our basement, since it's mainly a utility area and not really the place for expensive finishes. If this is the case with you, investigate the possibility of using concrete slabs for basement flooring. You could always cover it with inexpensive linoleum if you fancy a splash of color to brighten things up. It will also make the basement feel a little warmer in winter as linoleum has good insulation properties. Linoleum will probably survive a flood-or-two too!

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