Basement flooring is a vital element of a completed basement. When choosing the appropriate basement flooring for your basement home improvement undertaking, it is rather important that you first determine whether or not you've got a moisture barrier beneath the basement floor. Should you not have a moisture barrier beneath the concrete slab then you will have excessive moisture levels that will wick through the cement floor to the basement flooring surfaces.
To see if you do have a moisture barrier underneath your basement's floor, cut open a few plastic-type garbage bags and place them in a few different spots on the basement floor. Distribute them out on the basement floor and tape them down. After a number of days remove the plastic trash bags from your basement floor and discover if they are wet on the bottom side. If they are, odds are there's no moisture barrier under the basement layer of concrete. If this sounds like the situation, your basement floor options are a lot more confined.
It is possible, nevertheless, to improve your basement flooring options by applying a basement waterproofing sealant to the basement floor and to the walls. You can also have a French drain put around the basement foundation; nevertheless this is a costly project as it will be needing excavation, gravel and PVC pipes to be put in.
If it is decided you do possess a moisture barrier beneath the basement concrete slab then there are quite a few floor choices to select from.