Waterproof Flooring for Basements

Choosing the right waterproof flooring for a basement can make all the difference when it comes to locking out moisture.


By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Choosing waterproof flooring for basements requires you to consider different factors as opposed to other areas of the home. Basements are prone to excess moisture, making for a sometimes damp environment or even water damage. This means a waterproof basement floor is the best choice for easy maintenance.

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Two of the best options for waterproof flooring for basements are epoxy paint and sealed concrete. Not only are both affordable, but they are durable and allow for adequate waterproofing.

Epoxy paint dries thick and hard, providing the necessary durability that goes hand-in-hand with maintaining a basement floor. Epoxies are also an excellent solution for a basement that is being used for as a recreation area or workshop.

In addition to being durable, epoxy paint is also waterproof. There are three types of epoxy paint – water-based, solvent-based and 100 percent solid – and they come in a range of colors, including ivory, brown and red.

When sealing a concrete floor, choose a waterproof sealing paint. You may also want to consider using a dye or stain to give the concrete a bit of color before sealing it, adding a touch of personal flair.

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