If you wish to install ceramic on basement concrete, you have actually made a very wise decision. The inherent dampness of basements makes other flooring choices somewhat uninviting. Ceramic happens to be very resistant, when properly grouted; to damage that may be the result of damp air and moisture. Of course the decision to install ceramic on basement concrete is difficult for some who prefer the warmth of carpet of laminate flooring, ultimately you must make the best choice for your tastes as well as your design style.
What Options other than Ceramic Exist?
If you absolutely do not wish to install ceramic on basement floors, for whatever reason, there are steps that must be taken to minimize the likelihood of other flooring options becoming damp. One way, and perhaps the most effective way to prevent dampness from creeping into your newly laid floors is to first install sleepers that you cover with plastic, then plywood, then roofing felt. This works wonderfully for laying laminate flooring and carpet. If you are installing vinyl or ceramic tile you can skip the roofing felt and apply directly to the plywood.
Hardwood floors are not recommended for those who do not wish to install ceramic on basement floors. Hardwoods are particularly susceptible to problems associated with dampness and moisture and may be a risky investment for your basement space. If you choose to install hardwood or any other type of flooring in your basement space, you also have the option of purchasing sub flooring that is designed specifically for use in the basement.
It is generally a toss up which cost is most effective and ultimately becomes a matter of comparative convenience. But taking the time and making the effort to safeguard your flooring from dampness can save much time, money, and potential health problems in the near or distant future.
Why Choose Ceramic?
If you have elected to install ceramic on basement floors you made a wise decision. First of all ceramic is extremely durable and beautiful. Some people are put off because it is cooler to walk on than traditional floor, particularly in the basement. This is when it is an excellent idea to use radiant heating.
Radiant heating is installed beneath the ceramic tile and keeps the floor nice and warm during the long cold winter months. Ceramic is an excellent conductor for radiant heating, which makes them an excellent choice. In addition to radiant heating you can make generous use of area rugs or throw rugs in order to provide warmth to your basement living area.
Other benefits you will receive as a result of your decision to install ceramic on basement floors is the waterproof nature of ceramic. Ceramic is also a great way to brighten your basement space.
Basements tend to be dark and uninviting, using brightly or lightly colored ceramic tiles when finishing your basement floors is a great way to bring light and add the appearance of more space to your basement living area. Ceramic tile is also cool in the summer time. This will be a great benefit when you find that you can be comfortable in your basement without air conditioning.
The decision to install ceramic on basement floors is a very personal decision; it is also a very practical decision that can be quite lovely and elegant. Enjoy choosing between the many types and shades of ceramic tile on the market for your basement floors and you should have lovely floors that will last many years flawlessly.