Correcting Concrete Basement Floor Myths

Concrete is by far the most versatile construction material around.  However, there are some myths that developed with concrete basement floors that need to be corrected so that people would know what is real and what is just a story.  Here are some corrections to some popular myths regarding concrete basement floors.

Cold and Damp

According to ready mix concrete delivery Minnesota specialists; basement concrete floors are rarely cold and damp especially in newer homes where there is improved insulation.  Moreover, today’s building codes usually require installation of a vapor barrier under the slab in order to prevent moisture migration.  In order to ensure a warm concrete floor in winter, homeowners can opt to install an in-floor radiant heat prior to the pouring of the slab and the basement is one of the most popular areas to install these systems.

If the basement floor is uninsulated, using carpets will make it susceptible to mold and mildew.  If there is high basement humidity, the temperature of the floor under a carpet may fall below the dew point of the air and then moisture will accumulate.  If the floor is already insulated or has under floor heat then rugs and carpets may be ok.

Cracks in Concrete cannot be avoided

According to concrete Minnesota experts, unless cracks are serious and is due to structural problems then it is best to address the issue at once. However, a lot of customers prefer the fractured look as it gives the area a rustic appearance. If the cracks are considered an eyesore then a polymer-modified cement-based overlay is the best solution for hiding them along with stamping, staining and stenciling.

Carpeting is better than Concrete

This is not true. With decorative concrete there is no risk of chemical emissions, which is more common in carpets. Emissions from chemicals tend to be more dangerous in basements spaces that are not ventilated really well.  Moreover, carpets tend to harbor dust mites as well as many allergens that can cause a skin reaction.