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Flooring in the basement

Floor covering in the basement: what are the options?

Basement rooms can be used in different ways: Some people have their hobby room here, others set up a home office there or dream of a cozy party room with their own bar. But before that happens and the first guests stop by for a drink or the model train As it goes in circles, homeowners should put some thought into the best possible flooring. Depending on the planned use, different variants can be recommended. Which these are and what the respective advantages and disadvantages look like is presented below.

Concrete in the basement

Concrete is used as a type of floor covering in most residential buildings. A concrete slab forms the foundation, especially in modern houses. Ideally, this is already made of waterproof concrete and thus automatically functions as a barrier against moisture from the soil below. Unfortunately, a concrete floor in the basement is anything but pretty. So if you don't want to use the basement rooms only as storage or storage rooms, you can lay a more attractive floor covering over the concrete.

Info: If the foundation of the house is not made of waterproof concrete, it is advisable to plan a vapor barrier. This prevents moisture from rising above the mineral concrete and attacking the newly laid floor from below. It is best to lay thermal insulation over the vapor barrier at the same time - this can avoid energy losses in heated basement rooms.

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PVC floor in the basement

PVC is often used as a floor covering in the basement: It is cheap, relatively robust and is also very easy to lay. Since PVC is water-repellent, it is particularly popular in rooms where it can be a bit damp: bathrooms and kitchens are typical examples of this. However, this only applies to moisture that comes from above and hits the sealed plastic surface.

PVC cannot do anything against moisture rising from below. That is why PVC is only suitable as a floor covering in basement rooms if the surface is completely dry. Otherwise the moisture will collect under the PVC floor and cannot escape there. This promotes the formation of mold, which is hazardous to health, and which creates anything but an oasis of well-being in the basement.

Laminate in the basement

Laminate in the basement - an absolute no-go for many. However, this only applies if the humidity in the basement is too high for the floor covering, which is largely made of wood. If the ambient conditions permit, basement rooms with laminate can create a homely atmosphere. In addition, laying works very quickly and easily and laminate is known as an inexpensive floor covering.

Important: Before you lay a laminate floor in your basement, you should document the degree of humidity in the relevant room. If the relative humidity is above 60%, it will be difficult with the laminate floor in the basement. The same applies to rooms in which the washing machine and dryer are housed or laundry dries regularly. At least as important: Lay a vapor barrier under the laminate floor to prevent the new flooring from starting to go moldy due to a damp surface.

Info: Not only the humidity in the room, but also the temperature can play a role in which floor covering is suitable for the basement. Permanently low temperatures can attack laminate or wooden floors, and carpeting often cannot tolerate such a harsh climate.

Carpet in the basement

Carpet is still one of the most popular floor coverings in this country - because it is so cheap and cozy. A carpeted floor can also provide extra comfort in basement rooms. But only if the ambient conditions are right. Cold temperatures or a high moisture content in the air cause the carpet to start to get moldy. That can quickly hit your health. Therefore, a moisture barrier should definitely be installed here as well.

Info: Moisture in basement rooms often not only rises from the floor, but can also be attributed to leaky windows or insufficient air exchange. It is worth having the entire situation assessed by a specialist. This quickly recognizes where any weaknesses are and helps to eliminate them.

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Tiles in basement

Tiles are often used as flooring in the basement, especially in laundry rooms and pantries. This works much faster and more cost-effectively today than it did a few years ago, because every hardware store now offers inexpensive tiles in attractive designs. It should be noted that tile constructions can also be damaged by penetrating moisture. In addition, tiles are only suitable as flooring if they have a certain slip resistance. Otherwise, accidents can quickly occur and the risk of injury increases.

Info: If you do not necessarily want a completely new floor covering in the basement, but just want to protect the existing cement floor, it is worthwhile to re-seal or paint it. This ensures improved protection and also looks appealing.

Vinyl floor in the basement

Vinyl floors have been in great demand for a number of years and can be used as a floor covering for basement rooms under various circumstances. After all, they are easy to lay, are robust and durable, can be cleaned quickly and easily and are relatively insensitive to moisture. However, even with a vinyl floor in the basement, care must be taken to ensure that the surface does not give off any moisture, otherwise the vinyl can be permanently damaged.

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