Refinishing Basement Floors
Cleaning Up After Water Damage and Flooding
While no one wants to be the victim of massive flooding or winter water damage from burst pipes, selecting the best flooring option in the basement can minimize the headache of cleaning up and prevent similar losses in the future. A basement remodel can be challenging but acid stained concrete floors make it quicker, easier and a lot less expensive.
Why Decorative Concrete Flooring?
Basement environments have peculiar issues not generally found in other rooms of the house. Often basements have high humidity and can be prone to occasional seepage depending on weather conditions. Decorative concrete flooring will not contribute to mold and isn’t likely to be a complete loss should a water event occur. Floors are easy to clean and maintain over time. Should flooding or the like occur colored concrete floors are can easily be repaired if damaged making the whole experience much less expensive and aggravating. Decorative concrete flooring is also a more affordable option when compared to carpet or tile either one.
For existing structures, acid stained basement floors are one of our most popular projects. Acid stain creates a one-of-a-kind finish that is both unique to the application and your home. We have among the best DIY guides and how-to videos to help customers complete their projects without professional help if they wish. If the marbled acid stain look isn’t your thing, we also offer a more solid color finish in a Tinted Concrete Sealer. Add DCI Concrete Dye to bring contrasting accents to floor. We have hundreds of color combinations to choose from and photo galleries for project inspiration.
What About Sealing Basement Floors?
Many basements experience water issues as a result of drainage changes, foundation cracks and unexpectedly heavy rains. Moisture can seep into a basement or come up through the slab itself as hydrostatic pressure and will ultimately dictate which sealer you’ll select for your application. Inspect your basement thoroughly for seepage of any kind and address that before finishing the basement floor. If you have high humidity already, firmly affix a small sheet of plastic directly to the floor using duct tape and leave for at least 48 hours. If you have condensation under the plastic, select a breathable or cure and seal sealer that will also water vapor to pass through the coating.
Selecting the correct sealer is the most critical decision for a basement project. Basements often have poor ventilation making solvent based sealers a poor and possibly dangerous choice. Solvent fumes can be overwhelming in confined, inadequately ventilated areas. Solvent based sealers should only be applied in walk-out basements with doors and windows open to the outside and even then exercise caution. Direct Colors offers several excellent breathable water based sealers for basement applications, including the 550 Water-Based Polyurethane, DCI Water Based Sealer and DCI Penetrating Lithium Hardener Sealer. Krystal Kote Water Based Sealer should only be used in basements with low humidity and no history of seepage.
What about Long Term Maintenance or Refinishing?
Most residential floors should be re-waxed four times a year. Areas that receive more traffic or homes that have large dogs may need to re-apply more often. No stripping is necessary. Chair and table legs can scratch decorative concrete flooring over time. Placing Teflon pads or sliders under large furniture and table and chair legs and carpet square under reclining chairs will minimize floor damage. Avoid using rolling chairs without a plastic mat. Matte or Glossy Polyurethane finishes don’t require wax and can be easily cleaned using water or a light dishwashing soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemical cleansers on the floor. Polyurethanes and Acrylic Urethanes have a life of 5-10 years depending on use. The floor will require a light sanding and sealer re-application when the finish becomes worn. Care and Maintanence for Acid Stained Floors for more information on the care and maintenance of acid stained floors. Take care of your floor finish and it will last for many years. Choose the right sealer and wax for your home or business based on gloss level, intended use and on-going maintenance expectations.