Basement flooring is an important component of a finished basement. When deciding upon the perfect basement flooring for your basement remodeling undertaking, it's very 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 layer of concrete then you will have excessive moisture levels which will wick through the concrete floor to the basement floor coverings.
To see if you have a moisture barrier underneath your basement's floor, cut open a handful of plastic-type trash bags and place them in a handful of various places on the basement floor. Spread them out on the cellar floor and tape all of them down. After a couple of days get rid of the plastic trash bags from the basement floor and discover if they're wet on the bottom side. If they are, odds are there's no moisture barrier underneath the basement layer of concrete. If this sounds like the situation, your basement floor options are a lot more limited.
It's possible, however, to increase your basement flooring choices by using a basement waterproofing sealer to the basement floor and to the walls. You may also have a French drain put around the basement foundation; however this is a costly project as it will require excavation, gravel and PVC pipes to be set up.
If it is determined that you do possess a moisture barrier underneath the basement layer of concrete then there are quite a few flooring options to select from.