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Damp Basement Flooring Options

15 years ago

Hi. I'm starting to explore options for our basement floor. We're refinishing our basement this summer. The existing basement has carpeting, which really needs to go. We've had a few occasions with water coming into the basement (seems to be when we get a lot of rain for several days and the water table may be high).

I'm thinking that ceramic or porcelain tiles are the way to go. However, my hubby thinks we also need some sort of vapor barrier or air gap membrane between the concrete slab and the tiles (both to prevent water from coming up and to keep the tiles from getting too cold). Is this necessary? How effective are products such as Superseal Tile Subfloor or any of those dimpled membrane products?

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