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Top 5 Floors for Damp Basements

Moisture doesn't have to make your basement unusable or uncomfortable


By Julia Nass

One of the largest issues people combat in basement rooms are those related to moisture. Basements are particularly susceptible to moisture for a number of reasons. First of all, basements tend to be cooler, which can cause humid air to condense more readily than in the rest of the house. Many basements are concrete, a material that often retains moisture from construction. Different appliances and equipment such as washers and dryers, boilers, and other modes of running water (showers, sinks, etc.) commonly create added moisture in the basement as well.

No matter where the moisture comes from, it's an important thing to be aware of. High and prolonged levels of moisture create an environment in which bacteria and mold can thrive. Mold and mildew is of course unsightly to see in the house, but more importantly, it can be dangerous. Certain types of molds can cause major health problems if not dealt with right away.

Overall, basements tend to not have as many ways for air to flow through and dry things out, so moisture gets trapped, particularly underneath flooring. Apart from mold and mildew, basement dampness can also cause standing water on floors, deterioration and staining of flooring materials, and general rot and decay. That is exactly why it's important to have flooring that will resist and fight against all of these issues. The following basement floors for damp areas are designed to do just that.

1. HiddenLock Slate Floor

HiddenLock Slate Floor tiles are high-end, commercial quality PVC tiles that have all the class and style of slate. However, they are far more comfortable, economical and lightweight and are a world easier to install. These tiles do well in basements because they are waterproof, durable and resistant to acids and oils. Tiles come in three different eye-pleasing earth tones. Choose HiddenLock Slate Floor tiles for basement offices, family rooms, entertainment rooms, or any other basement space you desire a high-end aesthetic.

Basement tiles can be installed with a strong snap-in-place system that presents a seamless floor. Although a dry-lay is all that is required for residential floors, tiles can also be glued down for a more permanent solution. Clean tiles with a damp mop, hot water and a general household floor cleaner. Expect high-quality, long-lasting moisture resistance with HiddenLock Slate Floor tiles. However, if moisture becoming trapped underneath flooring is a worry, then it's best to choose one of the following raised floor tiles.

2. StayLock Orange Peel

First, Greatmats' recommends StayLock Orange Peel tiles for raised basement flooring. These tiles are made of 100 percent recycled PVC plastic with an orange peel textured surface. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they are ergonomic as well. The durable plastic material makes for premium cushion and bounce support, even without any underlayment. StayLock Orange Peel basement flooring tiles are specifically designed for spaces in need of long-lasting, anti-fatigue flooring, like aerobic and exercise rooms.

These basement floor tiles are raised and waterproof, so moisture will not become trapped underneath or in flooring. StayLock Orange Peel tiles simply snap together without the need for any other tools or adhesives, and tiles do not come apart over time. They come in five different attractive colors that stay vibrant even after long periods of use. Once tiles hit the end of their estimated 20-year life span, Greatmats will take them back to repurpose them and keep them out of landfills. These tiles may contribute to LEED building points.

3. CarpetFlex Tiles

Carpet is a fabulous way to bring warmth and comfort into a cold, damp room. However, carpet is typically not recommended for basements because it absorbs water and generally doesn't do well in moist environments. Enter the CarpetFlex tile, which is a unique solution to this problem. With CarpetFlex tiles, carpet can be put installed in places formerly not possible. CarpetFlex tiles are created with a raised plastic base with a carpet surface so air can flow underneath. Therefore, moisture cannot seep and stay in the carpet.

The plush carpet surface makes CarpetFlex basement tiles perfect for family or lounge rooms. CarpetFlex tiles come in 1x1 foot squares that weight one pound each, so they are lightweight and easy to transport. The entire floor installs just by snapping together tiles. Tiles can be installed over any hard, flat surface. To keep tiles fresh and clean, simply vacuum regularly.


4. TileFlex Tiles

TileFlex tiles are an extremely fashionable and flexible basement flooring option. Choose from a wood-grain or slate aesthetic to satisfy your high-end design desires without a financial upset. TileFlex tiles come in over 10 colors and styles, so you can get creative with your ideal floor. Tiles snap together with a tab and loop connecting system and provide yet another easy-to-install flooring option.

This basement tile flooring is constructed of polypropylene plastic with a fully waterproof vinyl surface that never needs refinishing. Each tile is raised to allow airflow and prevent moisture entrapment and designed to hold up against water and heavy usage. The material makes these tiles ideal for diverse purposes, from a basement exercise room to a game room. For added cushion or sound reduction, simply install a 2 or 3 mm underlayment.

5. Comfort Matta Tiles (20 x 20 Inch)

Comfort Matta basement flooring tiles are a top choice for basement work rooms, dens and exercise floors. These tiles are specifically designed to create comfortable support that eases the strain of standing for long periods of time. The tiles reduce fatigue, muscle strain and joint discomfort.

This basement flooring is free draining and non-slip, even if the floor happens to be wet. The diamond-tread surface maintains slip resistance, while the raised design allows airflow underneath tiles. Tiles are interlocking and simple to install. Once in place, these basement tiles provide both heat and sound insulation. The product can be damp mopped with common household cleaners, but do be sure to avoid bleach.
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