Age old Basement Flooring Questions
Please clarify. Regarding water issues in the basement and flooringÃ¯Â¿Â½I believe there are two issues;
1) Some sort of catastophic eventÃ¯Â¿Â½.waterheater leaks, washing machine hose burstsÃ¯Â¿Â½etc. In this, my understanding is no matter what you have doneÃ¯Â¿Â½your flooring is going to be an issueÃ¯Â¿Â½repalcing wood. pulling carpet, perhaps even a painted floor peeling.
2) I understand the concrete needs to breathe and water vapor comes up thru the floor. I have heard from worthy and company (if I understand correctly) that, to prevent mold, the water vapour needs to pass thru what ever flooring you put downÃ¯Â¿Â½UNLESS you are putting foam board down first. I AM NOT PUTTING FOAM BOARD DOWN FIRST!
So, I think I understood that you could put carpet down but it needs to be made of a particular fiber that 'breathes'. I understand no padding should be put underneath. Is this correct? Do they not make a breathable padding?
If you go with vinyl flooring (like the ALLURE stuff from HDÃ¯Â¿Â½how does that allow the flooring to breathe? Does in not trap mositure underneath itÃ¯Â¿Â½will that not mold or is is it such a minute amount it does not matter? It says it can be used in basements?
What about tileÃ¯Â¿Â½same issue no?
I want to get this right. To be honest my first thought was to stain the concrete and use area rugs. Asthetics aside (this is a hangout areaÃ¯Â¿Â½its nothing fancy down there) I have read that the concrete stains are pretty much more like paintÃ¯Â¿Â½and they pealÃ¯Â¿Â½so much for that idea... I have seen rubber flooring, like at a gymÃ¯Â¿Â½still the bretahability issue arises.
Whats the cheapest product, easistest to install and least aggravation to deal with should there be a flood? I think I have come full circle back to some sort of carpetingÃ¯Â¿Â½.would it be stupid to put some sort of low pile carpet down and an area rug on top it in areas where the kids might be on the floor?