Thursday, February 9th, 2012 by Rebecca Larson
A basement space is different than the space in the rest of the house. A concrete basement floor is cold, and an unending stream of water vapor slowly diffuses through the porous concrete floor into the basement.
And a basement floor is likely to be wet at some point in the future - from a plumbing leak, or a surprise groundwater leak in a very heavy rain (if you haven't waterproofed your basement).
The basement flooring chosen must take this into consideration. Countless traditional carpets have been ripped out and replaced in basements time and time again because they trapped water vapor and allowed mold to grow and odors to fester. Or they were saturated from a leak and could not be saved.
And wood or wood products installed on a basement floor, such as hardwood, plywood subflooring, or laminate floor that are made of particle board, will surely be ruined by a leak or water vapor.
Traditional carpets and wood floors are not appropriate for a basement and will not last. ThermalDry Basement Floor Systems are designed just for basements.
The ThermalDry tiles are 12" square modular tiles that lock tight together. They have raised pegs on the bottom of them to suspend your basement floor above the cold hard damp concrete floor, allowing your floor to breathe. Water vapor does not get trapped in the finished flooring, and if there is a leak, the water can be dried from under the floor without removing and destroying the ThermalDry Flooring.
An advantage of ThermalDry's modular design is that the tile and carpet can be mixed and matched to achieve a customer architectural look. And in the future, if one spot in your floor gets damaged, or worn (a high traffic area at the bottom of the stairs for example), you can switch tiles from an area that never gets seen - like from in a closet or a hidden corner. Or you can simply replace just the tiiles that need to be - something you can't do with any other flooring.
If the basement gets wet temporarily, it is not likely you will have to replace anything - just dry it out quickly.