Basement flooring is a crucial element of a finished basement. When selecting the right basement flooring for your basement renovating undertaking, it is extremely important that you first determine whether or not you've got a moisture barrier beneath the basement floor. If you do not possess a moisture barrier underneath 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 underneath your basement's floor, cut open a few plastic trash bags and place them in a handful of various places on the basement floor. Spread them out on the basement floor and tape all of them down. After a couple of days get rid of the plastic trash bags from the basement floor and observe if they're wet on the bottom side. If they are, it's likely that there's no moisture barrier beneath the basement layer of concrete. If this sounds like the way it is, your basement flooring choices are a lot more limited.
It's possible, nevertheless, to increase your basement flooring options by using a basement waterproofing sealant to the basement floor and to the walls. You can also have a French drain installed around the basement foundation; nevertheless this is a costly project since it will be needing excavation, gravel and PVC pipes to be put in.
If it's determined you do possess a moisture barrier underneath the basement layer of concrete then there are many floor choices to choose from.