So you have decided to extend your living space by finishing your basement. You have the walls up and ready to go, now it is time to choose a flooring. Unlike other levels of your residential home, choosing a flooring for your basement can prove challenging. What kind of challenges, you ask? There are a bunch, so hang onto your hat!
Today’s flooring options are basically limitless, but basements prove to be the most challenging part of your home to install flooring. To complete this basement finishing, you will have to overcome many obstacles: humidity and moisture, uneven surfaces, possible flooding, and low ceilings.
Moisture and Humidity
Traditionally made of concrete, basements are often used to storing unused items, mementos, and even food. But anyone who has stored anything in a basement knows it is often cool and slightly damp because of their very foundation. While concrete is one of the most durable materials available, it is also extremely porous, allowing water vapor to enter your home through the slab flooring and foundation walls. This water could mean trouble to moisture sensitive flooring like hardwood and fiberboard. It is important to install a vapor barrier over the slab flooring or to install an air gap between the floor and slab.
Uneven flooring is one of the biggest complaints and challenges homeowners will face when finishing their basement. So what do you do if you have an uneven floor? Try using a self-leveling cement to create an even subflooring between the installed flooring and slab. This will help level it out and give you the flooring you always wanted.
Threat of Flooding
Despite your best efforts, basements are prone to flooding. If your basement has chronic flooding issues or has ever flooded, it is important to call in a basement waterproofing expert. Whether this is adding an additional sump pump or putting in new drainage systems, make sure this problem is taken care of before you spend money a new basement flooring and materials.
Low Ceiling Heights
Basements rarely ever have tall ceilings, but they can be especially low if your ceiling accommodates air ducts. So before adding new flooring to your basement, make sure you have enough headroom to add a few more inches. Check your local ceiling height building codes to ensure your basement is within code restrictions.
When choosing flooring for your basement, make sure you take care of all of these challenges before heading to Jim Boyd’s Flooring America!
Jim Boyd’s Flooring America
Jim Boyd’s Flooring America, located in Timonium, MD, will provide you will all the best flooring tips and flooring options. We carry everything from carpeting and hardwood flooring to ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring. Whether you’re looking to improve your home or business, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to take on your project and do it right. If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to call our experts for advice. Call 410-667-0620 or click here to contact us.