Hardwood flooring is not one that works on its own. One big reasons is that it will raise the height of the floor at the steps and/or doorway. When houses were built, they rarely thought anybody wanted flooring other than concrete. So the addition of any flooring in a basement is tough. And raising the flooring means you may violate a code and cause an issue with the door.
Another reason it is not a great option is that moisture causes the hardwood to expand and contract, which causes the floor to buckle. However, there are types of engineered hardwood floors that will work and offer a higher density, which in turn leads to a better resilience to humidity changes.
Of course, as a flooring outlet, this type of flooring is not one we sell. Since it is just concrete. But we wouldn't be doing our jobs of informing you about the best waterproof flooring for basements without mentioning this final one.
Concrete overlays are thin coats of very fine concrete. You may also refer to them as skim coats. A concrete overlay is simply a mix of concrete that you apply to the floor with a very thin coat. And once this overlay dries, you seal it. This seal allows for the concrete to remain sturdy for years to come. It even helps it when the floor cracks and avoids an abundance of moisture from seeping in. This is due to the fact that this overlay is breathable. So the moisture can pass through.
Concrete overlays are also easy to clean and mold resistant. If you do find mold, the cleaning process is simple. Once you add the concrete overlay, you can add rugs for warmth and decor.
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