Concrete floor in winter?

GAinWMJune 10, 2012

I am in the process of choosing new flooring for my lower level family room. My house is a bi-level (raised ranch) in West Michigan. The carpet needs to be replaced, but after a recent sump pump failure, I am nervous about putting in a floor that can be destroyed by water. I have been researching acid-stained concrete which is appealing to my eye, but I am wondering how comfortable this would be in the winter. Does anyone have experience with a concrete floor in a living area during the winter? Also, what about scratching from dogs and cats? Thank you.

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It's going to feel cold. Go outside on a 55 degree day and stand on concrete in your bare or stocking feet and you'll have a idea of what a concrete floor in your basement will feel like.

There's some great options for stamped concrete. Something like this might look really sharp in a basement - the appearance of wood with the durability of concrete. Add some area rugs to provide comfort but those can still be taken up and cleaned if the need arises.

If you're going to finish a basement, a backup sump pump in always a wise investment.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:45PM
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Thanks for your response Mike. We had a backup sump pump. Last year I had the laundry room finished with toilet, sink, shower and the plumber made some assumptions about the type of pump we had. He didn't check to see if his assumptions were correct unfortunately. He should have installed a grinder pump, I found out a little too late.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 3:55PM
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