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Basement Flooring Ideas
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If you can remember only one thing, remember this: basement flooring does not play by the normal rules of flooring.

Even when the weather is dry, basement flooring can leach residual moisture due to its close proximity to the ground. In deluges, basement flooring can have the up-to-your-ankles-or-worse type of flooding that we all fear and which keeps the insurance companies in business.

So your primary thought with basement flooring is always moisture: how to avoid it and how to wring the flooring dry in the event you cannot avoid it.

Caution: if flooring is on our list, it is not necessarily recommended. Our list is meant to cover the gamut--from great to dramatically horrible--so that you can assess for yourself what will work best for your home.

You Should Know

  1. Does the Flooring Material Dry Out?: Flooring that will dry out (in the event of flooding) with no or little harm always are preferred. Ceramic tile is a perfect example. But this does not mean you have to stay away from the other types--laminate, wood, etc.
  2. You Already Have Concrete: Our overview assumes that you already have a concrete basement slab. This is the first step to any basement flooring.
  3. Flooring Straight on Slab: Some basement flooring can be installed directly on the concrete slab. Again, ceramic tile is the perfect example of this.
  4. Foam Underlayment: If installing laminate flooring, it is possible to install it directly on the concrete slab. By "directly," we mean with a foam underlayment between the laminate and concrete (no subfloor).
  5. Sub-Floor Sleepers: Other types of basement flooring require a sleeper system of plywood, two-by-fours, and underlayment to further raise the flooring off the slab. Resilient flooring and carpeting would require this type of sub-flooring.
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