Traditionally, the best types of floor for a basement tend to be completely waterproofed. Whether residential or commercial, a basement is often penetrated by moisture, and this moisture can damage carpet or wood floors.
Nevertheless, there are times when it can be advantageous to have different flooring options. H20 Waterproofing can help you get exactly the floor that you need without having to worry about water or flooding.
Advantages of Carpet and Wood
Most people are discouraged from installing carpet or wood in a basement, but there are some very real advantages. Carpet and wood are both comfortable because they have give, and they both absorb sound, which can make a basement more pleasant to be in.
If a basement is to be finished for the purposes of an entertainment center or additional living space, carpet and wood can make it seem more like a home. Many residences are now turning their basements into a bar area or a home theater area; without a padded floor, like carpeting, the acoustics may produce too much echo.
Carpet and wood also add value to a home compared to other options, such as linoleum. Wood, if undamaged, can be resurfaced and will last a long time -- and carpet tends to be more comfortable in colder weather. All of this means that while carpet and wood may be more challenging to fit into a basement, they can still ultimately be the best option.
Importance of Installing a Moisture Barrier
A moisture barrier is inserted under your flooring and over concrete to prevent moisture from rising up from the ground. This barrier doesn't protect the concrete itself from potential water damage, but it can protect your floor.
However, if your basement floods, a moisture barrier can actually have a negative impact, as it can hold water in your basement. This limitation is why it becomes necessary to ensure that the basement itself is protected from flooding -- a moisture barrier alone can only do so much.
Strip drains, asphalt membranes, waterproof sealants and other drainage-related technologies can all be used to make sure that your basement doesn't take on water. As long as your basement doesn't take on any standing water, a moisture barrier will be able to protect your floor and will be able to reduce the overall humidity within your basement. Often, humidity plays the largest part in damaging basement interiors over time.
Other Flooring Options
Even after you've moisture-proofed your floor, you might want some additional reassurance that your flooring will be able to keep up with any humidity or moisture. You also have some alternative flooring options that can give you the look that you want at less risk.
- Luxury vinyl plank. LVP flooring comes in a variety of appearances that can be very similar to wood, stone or any other type of texture and pattern. Even better, LVP flooring is 100 percent waterproof. Even if your basement does flood (which can be prevented with the use of sealants and drainage technologies), LVP flooring will still remain usable and undamaged.
- Carpet tiles. Carpet tiles give you the appearance of carpet in a more convenient, easier-to-install format. Carpet tiles are square tiles of carpet that can be laid down directly on concrete or used with padding. If the area does become wet, carpet tiles can be rinsed off and dried easily. They can also be replaced one by one if they are damaged or stained.
Waterproofing methods can be used in virtually any basement to ensure that you can have the floor you desire. Contact H20 Waterproofing to learn more about waterproofing and finishing off your basement.