A basement space is different than the space in the rest of the house. A concrete basement floor is cold and an unending stream of water vapor slowly diffuses through the porous concrete floor into the basement. In addition, a basement floor is likely to be wet at some point in the future, from a plumbing leak anywhere in the house or perhaps a surprise groundwater leak in a very heavy rain. The flooring that is chosen for a basement must take this into consideration.
Countless traditional carpets have been ripped out and replaced in basements time and time again because they trapped water, vapor and allowed mold to grow and odors to fester, or they were saturated from a leak and could not be saved and wood and wood products installed in a Basement floor, such as hardwood, plywood, sub-flooring or laminate floors that are made of particle board will surely be ruined by a leak or water vapor. Traditional carpets and wood floors are not appropriate for a basement and will not last thermal dry basement floor systems.
Are the answer Thermal dry floor systems are designed just for basements. The thermal dry tiles are 12-inch square modular tiles that lock tight together. They have raised pegs on the bottom of them to suspend your basement floor above the cold hard damp concrete floor. Allowing your floor to breathe water vapor does not get trapped into finish flooring, and if there is a leak, the water can be dried from under the floor without removing and destroying the thermal drive flooring.
The space under the floor is also a thermal break from the cold slab, which makes the surface temperature of the finished floor up to 10 degrees warmer than the concrete, which provides comfort and, of course, saves energy. Thermal dry flooring is available in four different ways to carpet colors, mocha, and charcoal, and to washable, tile colors Canyon, beige and sandstone. All thermal dry, attractive colors are timeless neutral colors that will match any home decor and never go out of style.
An advantage of thermal dries modular design is that tile and carpet can be mixed and maxed to achieve a custom, architectural look and in the future if one spot in your floor gets damaged or worn a high-traffic area at the bottom of the stairs. For example, you can switch tiles from an area that never gets seen like from a closet or a hidden corner, or you can simply replace just the tiles that need to be replaced, something you can't do with any other flooring, including wall-to-wall carpeting.
If the basement gets wet temporarily, it's not likely you'll have to replace anything just dry it out quickly, designed just for the special needs of your basement environment. The thermal dry basement flooring system is water, resistant and beautiful.