Basement flooring is a vital component of a finished basement. When selecting the perfect basement flooring for your basement remodeling project, it is quite crucial that you first detect whether or not you've got a moisture barrier underneath the basement floor. If you do not have a moisture barrier beneath the concrete slab then you will have substantial moisture levels which will wick through the cement floor to the basement flooring surfaces.
To check if you have a moisture barrier beneath your basement's floor, cut open a couple of plastic garbage bags and place them in a handful of different places on the basement floor. Spread them out on the basement floor and tape all of them down. After a couple of days take away the plastic garbage bags from the basement floor and observe if they are wet on the bottom side. If they are, it's likely that there's no moisture barrier underneath the basement layer of concrete. If this is the situation, your basement flooring options are more minimal.
It's possible, nevertheless, to improve your basement flooring choices by making use of a basement waterproofing sealer to the basement floor and to the wall surfaces. You can also have a French drain installed around the basement foundation; however this is an expensive project since it will demand excavation, gravel and PVC pipes to be installed.
If it's decided that you do have a moisture barrier underneath the basement layer of concrete then there are a variety of flooring options to choose from.