Is Concrete the Only Possible Choice for Below Grade Floors?
Quick question, what is your basement floor made of? Concrete right? Is there any other material that is as good? Yes, there are a number of materials that can be used and that are as good as concrete while being far better looking and giving a certain feel and ambiance. Concrete is dull and gray, but can be a great option as it is resistant to almost anything you throw at it. When done right, it can be a permanent structure. Here are a few alternates to concrete that work just as well in spite of basement moisture and humidity.
Floating floors do not mean that the floor will sit over a layer of water. Rather, it means that there will be an actual gap between the earth and the floor that sits on it. While it may seem like a perfect recipe for crawl space mold, the gaps will actually be filled in with moisture protection and they are designed to keep the water and any mold out. The floors will be made of materials that do not get affected by water like vinyl and there is likely to be no adhesives used as well.
Laminate is a choice that is gaining more popularity over the years, simply because they are easy to install and maintain. They can also be readily changed in case there is foundation repair work to be done. Through a series of interlocking boards, the tiles are placed directly over the ground, the infusion of melamine makes them dense and rugged. If there is a basement leak, the floor will not be affected in any way as it can be easily cleaned up.
Engineered wood is basically a mixture of wood and a number of plastics and veneer that looks like wood, feels like wood but is impervious to basement moisture and crawl space mold. If you are up to it, the floors can look just as good as the rest of your home and there will be no need for you to have a dull looking below ground space that can get quite dank.
While there are a lot more options open to you in the market, you may still be unsure of moving away from concrete. Technology and what it brings to construction and engineering have grown by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. Go with what suits your style.