Before you start you should know
- Does the Flooring Material Dry Out?: Flooring that will dry out (in the event of flooding) with no or little harm always are preferred. Ceramic tile is a perfect example. But this does not mean you have to stay away from the other types–laminate, wood, etc.
- You Already Have Concrete: Lets assume that you already have a concrete basement slab. This is the first step to any basement flooring.
- Flooring Straight on Slab: Some basement flooring can be installed directly on the concrete slab. A ceramic tile is the perfect example of this.
- Foam Underlayment: If installing laminate flooring, it is possible to install it directly on the concrete slab. By “directly,” we mean with a foam underlayment between the laminate and concrete (no subfloor).
- Sub-Floor Sleepers: Other types of basement flooring require a sleeper system of plywood, two-by-fours, and underlayment to further raise the flooring off the slab. Resilient flooring and carpeting would require this type of sub-flooring.