Basement flooring is an important component of a finished basement. When deciding upon the appropriate basement flooring for your basement home improvement project, it is rather important that you first detect whether or not you have a moisture barrier underneath the basement floor. Should you not possess a moisture barrier underneath the layer of concrete then you'll have substantial moisture levels that will wick through the cement floor to the basement floor coverings.
To see if you've got a moisture barrier beneath your basement's floor, cut open a couple of plastic trash bags and lay them in a handful of various spots on the basement floor. Spread them out on the basement floor and tape them down. After a couple of days remove the plastic garbage bags from the basement floor and discover if they're wet on the bottom side. If they are, it's likely that there is no moisture barrier under the basement concrete slab. If this is the situation, your basement flooring options are a lot more minimal.
It is possible, however, to increase your basement floor options by making use of a basement waterproofing sealer to the basement floor and to the wall surfaces. You can also have a French drain put around the basement foundation; nevertheless this is an expensive project because it will be needing excavation, gravel and PVC pipes to be installed.
If it is determined you do have a moisture barrier underneath the basement concrete slab then there are many flooring options to decide on.