Can you keep your basement floor dry and warm?
If you have just renovated your basement and made it in a man cave, you have a problem. No matter how good the basement is finished, people don’t like spending time in there, because it is cold and wet. The reason for that is the floor. Basement floors release moisture and they act as conductors of cold. People often use a wooden sub floor. But over time it will degenerate and it cannot prevent moisture. Simply said, it is ineffective. A good thing is that there is a solution.
The floating subfloor systems are the solution. Thanks to the construction industry, we can solve it. There are many different systems and manufacturers, but all of them work on the same way. They create a gap (moisture proof) between the basement flooring and concrete floor. These systems are built from OSB (oriented strand board) or plywood. This system will keep your basement floor warm and dry, so you will want to spend more time inside.
The underlay creates a gap above the concrete. The wood has no contact with concrete, so it will last long. The air gap, above the concrete will make it dry and a moisture problem will be solved. Many manufacturers claim that their systems can last up to 25 years. You can install laminate or carpet on the top of the system panels. In addition, these floating sub floors are very comfortable to walk on.
The basement floor must be leveled before the panels are installed. The panels are 1 inch thick. In some basements, where there is no enough head room, this can be a problem, because the floor will be elevated.