Basement flooring is an important element of a completed basement. When deciding upon the appropriate basement flooring for your basement remodeling project, it is quite crucial that you first determine whether or not you've got a moisture barrier underneath the basement floor. Should you not have a moisture barrier beneath the concrete slab then you will have high moisture levels which will wick through the cement floor to the basement flooring.
To check if you have a moisture barrier underneath your basement's floor, cut open a couple of plastic-type garbage bags and place them in a handful of various places on the basement floor. Distribute them out on the cellar floor and tape all of them down. After a couple of days remove the plastic trash bags from your basement floor and see if they're damp on the bottom side. If they are, odds are there is no moisture barrier beneath the basement layer of concrete. If this is the way it is, your basement floor choices are a lot more confined.
It is possible, however, to increase your basement floor options by using a basement waterproofing sealer to the basement floor and to the wall surfaces. You may also have a French drain installed around the basement foundation; nevertheless this is a costly project because it will require excavation, gravel and PVC pipes to be put in.
If it's decided you do have a moisture barrier underneath the basement concrete slab then there are a variety of floor options to decide on.