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Old 07-29-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone!
We are new home owners and have had a serious basement issue already. We have (had) a half bath down there that had a sewage ejection pump system that failed....

I'll spare you all the nasty nasty details... but needless to say it all has to be gutted.

All of the carpet has been removed (thankfully!) and the concrete underneath looks ok except for a very crappy paint job and no sealant.

Once the cleaning crew finishes gutting/cleaning everything then we will have a blank slate. We have NO idea what to do!! I don't think we are going to replace the bathroom stuff... since anything we put down there will need a pump since it would be below our septic tank level etc etc. We definitely don't want to just paint the floor, since it is a finished basement we want it to look nice.

We probably can't do anything really expensive since we will only have the funds that the insurance company gives us. I've seen mixed reviews about every possible option! I love the look of tile, but heard that moisture might not be good for it, or the grout.

Our basement was dry until this sewage issue.... maybe just a tiny bit of dampness. We do have a dehumidifier now though. We LOVE the look of natural stone flooring but couldn't find pricing, so that means it's probably out of our price range. We love the look of hardwood but are eco-friendly and don't want to use it. Soooo I guess my quesion is:

What flooring options are there for basements that might be little bit damp at times that are eco-friendly, not terribly expensive, and looks "natural"???

Thanks so much!!


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Properly installed ceramic tile is the best option-----

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cork flooring is eco friendly. they harvest the bark and not the trees. cork is naturally waterproof. tile would be the best as oh'mike said.
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I'm just curious-----Why do you consider wood to be ECO-UNFRIENDLY?

It's a completely renewable crop that helps our air quality while it grows----I could not think of a more Eco-friendly building product.

Please explain---Mike----
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Thanks for the info guys! I'm totally new at this but my understanding is that some wood flooring is unecofrindly due to the length of time certain types of trees take to reforest, and due to unheathy harvesting techniques. I do not want to spark debate on those issues though since it can be emotional for some people. Bottom line is we'd prefer to use a product that is sustainable and healthy for us, as well as the best choice in regards to our basement. We looked at cork and I love it but the info said it can be suseptible to moisture... our basement is not wet (usually) but might get a tiny bit damp in spring. We do have a dehumidifier though. Would cork be an option? Is it affordable? We are on a budget.
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Thanks--For an area like a basement it is hard to beat ceramic tile---Properly installed it can take a full flood without any harm.---And the cost is reasonable--especially if you do the installation your self.

Wood in a below grade situation like a basement is always a bad idea.---Mike----
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ceramic tile is the best option.
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Will ceramic tile allow the floor to breathe?
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When moisture is an issue, hardwood flooring can still be an affordable option. Engineered floors can be installed overtop concrete and because of it's cross-grain construction, reduces the risk of the expansion and contraction of pure wood.

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Hardwood flooring is durable.
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Normally cork floating floor is a pretty good choice for basement apart from ceramic tiles and hardwood floor. The advantage of cork is the thermal insulation effect and its eco-friendly nature, and it looks very natural too.

However, cork floating floor is not recommended for high moisture environment. So if your basement would experience high moisture from time to time (higher than that of kitchen) then you should choose something else. If the moisture level is similar compare to an ordinary kitchen, then cork floating floor is fine.

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