For basements, the main concern is always how to avoid and then handle moisture. Basements are close to the ground, so even if the weather is dry, the ground can still be damp, making it easy for that dampness to leach through. Then there are those insurance company ads that show ankle-deep water, so that image is always in our minds.
What is a below-grade floor?
To be clear, below-grade doesn’t mean the surface should be ultra inexpensive and substandard. The word “grade” is a synonym for ' ‘ground level,” a term frequently used by builders.
Some things to remember when exploring waterproof flooring options: Hard surfaces, like concrete and tile, tend to work better in basements, but an exception would be the carpet tile. Because of its construction, it's thicker, more durable, and waterproof than broadloom. It's also possible to replace the damaged tiles rather than the entire floor, a significant benefit.
Also, synthetics tend to work better than organics. For example, solid wood flooring, organic, can deteriorate in water. However, engineered hardwood flooring contains some resin, making it able to withstand moisture problems in basements.
Also, be sure to tell your professional if you are planning to install in a below-grade area because sometimes, even with products suitable for this area, underlayments are necessary. No matter what, it’s always recommended to go with waterproof floors.
Other waterproof options
1.Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). True-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile created with 3D photography, micro beveling, and embossing to create an incredibly realistic, accurate, and vibrant floor.
2.Waterproof laminate flooring. This is new to the market with a non-wood construction that makes it spill-proof, eliminating soaking, staining, and peeling concerns.
3.SPC Core plank. This is a vinyl plank with the SPC (stone plastic composite) core that won't peel or ripple ever, no matter how much liquid there is or for how long. SPC cores are rigid, giving them a firm, solid, more durable surface.
Carpet World Bismarck is your one-stop source for all things floors, including complementary products like blinds and window treatments. We welcome you to our Bismarck, ND showroom, servicing areas around Menoken, Mandan, Rock Haven, and Lincoln, for more information on waterproof flooring or our other products and services. We also provide free quotes.