Whether your basement is unfinished, partially finished, or completely finished, covering up the bare concrete should be a priority. Epoxy floor coatings are an excellent option that works well on concrete basement floors.
1. Waterproof Protection
Concrete is porous, so some moisture retention and minor moisture seep are normal. Unfortunately, even normal occurrences of moisture can damage some types of flooring, such as wood and carpeting. It can also inhibit the proper adhesion of tiles and linoleum floors. Epoxy coatings bond with the porous concrete, creating a waterproof barrier so that any moisture seep doesn't make its way into the basement.
2. Mold Resistance
Mold can be a problem in poorly ventilated and sometimes damp basements. This is a major reason why many homeowners avoid carpeting in basements since carpets can harbor a lot of mold spores. Even hard flooring options can be affected by mold staining, which persists even after the mold itself is cleaned away. The non-porous surface of an epoxy-coated concrete floor won't absorb stains, so mold shouldn't be a problem.
3. Easy Cleaning
No one wants to spend a lot of time scrubbing floors in the basement. Epoxy coatings require no maintenance and only minimal cleaning. Simply mopping with water or water and a mild floor detergent is all that's needed to keep the floor looking its best. Spills wipe up easily and don't leave any stains that require scrubbing. The surface is also scratch-resistant, so no need to worry about dirt getting stuck in small abrasions.
4. High Durability
Durability is often needed in basements, especially if you have a work area or utility room that sees heavy use down there. Epoxy doesn't scratch or chip easily, so it's a good option if you are worried about dropping heavy tools or otherwise causing damage. Unlike painted concrete, epoxy doesn't blister or peel off as it ages, either. It is durable enough to be the last basement flooring that you will need to install.
5. Visual Appeal
Whether you spend a lot of time or only a little in your basement, you want a flooring option that is as attractive as it is useful. Epoxy comes in a huge range of colors and shades, including those that contain chips of multiple colors for a more unique look. There are also options for the final finish, from a matte finish to high glosses. You can even have anti-slip texturing added to the final coating.
Talk with your flooring contractor to learn more about epoxy coatings for concrete basement flooring.
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