Damp basement - Flooring Options

June 11, 2016
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Many consumers find that bamboo is an excellent option for their basements. Bamboo is a great choice because many basements have sub-floors and an overall atmosphere that is high in moisture.

The high-humidity air would wreak havoc on flooring made of solid wood, and over time, the humidity in the air would cause the solid wood to expand and contract. After years of this, a solid hardwood floor would start to buckle, bow and show gaps. Bamboo, being a grass, is naturally water-resistant.

The natural water-resiliency of bamboo will allow a solid bamboo floor to keep more of its structural integrity than that of a solid wood floor in a basement. Solid bamboo is also an excellent choice for below-grade flooring because, unlike most solid wood flooring, solid bamboo flooring can be glued-down to a concrete sub-floor.

Though gluing the bamboo down is an option, a moisture test will need to be completed before gluing the floor to the basement sub-floor. If the test reveals that there is an excessive amount of moisture, there are other options available to prevent damage to your basement flooring.

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