Posted on: 21 January 2015
If you are restoring your basement after a water problem, you may want to use hardwood flooring. This can be a problem with conventional hardwood flooring because basements are an area of your home that is prone to damage by humidity and moisture. This is why you may want to consider some alternatives like vinyl flooring, or engineered flooring systems. If you want to have hardwood flooring in your basement, here are four materials that many pros recommend:
1. Vinyl Flooring Systems That Resemble Hardwood
If you want to have a hardwood, flooring solution in your basement that is impermeable, vinyl is a great choice. There are newer vinyl flooring products that are made to resemble engineered wood flooring have the same snap-in-place system, which makes them very easy to install. If you have a home that is in an area that is prone to flooding or has a very high water table, this is an excellent solution to ensure you do not have water problems with the flooring in your basement.
2. Engineered Flooring With A Moisture Barrier Underlayment
Engineered flooring products are wood flooring products that are engineered to be more durable and moisture resistant. They give you many choices for styles, even tropical wood finishes, because they use real wood veneers on top. Therefore, the finished floor looks just like a hardwood floor.
If you want to have engineered flooring installed in your basement, you will want to use a moisture barrier with several layers. You may want to use the conventional insulation that you install in other areas, and then a final layer of asphalt felt paper that will help to absorb moisture from concrete flooring. This is an ideal solution for homes with minimal waterproofing needs.
3. Real Hardwood With Raised Floor Framing System
Real hardwood can also be installed in a basement with a floating floor system to lift the floor off the basement foundation. This is a system of joists like in other areas of your home and will need to have a plywood underlayment. To give more protection from water, you can use metal joists and treated lumber as an underlayment.
This is a more costly solution, but ideal if real hardwoods are what you want to have in your basement. You can also use membranes and foundation drainage systems beneath the floor. You will also need to have enough ceiling height to be able to install the floor system in your basement.
These are some of the options you have if you absolutely have to have hardwood flooring in your basement refinishing project. If you need help with the installation of these materials, contact a flood restoration contractor and ask what will be the best for your home.Share