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Old 03-14-13, 10:13 PM
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What would be the best floor type for a concrete basement floor with drains?
would like something that would make the room feel warmer...
we have carpet now but is there anything else in mind??
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Old 03-15-13, 03:35 AM
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Welcome to the forums! "With drains", are you talking about floor drains, or french drains? Is the basement dry, or do you have issues with water? The sturdiest floor would be a cut and stained concrete floor. Next would be ceramic or porcelain tile with rugs scattered about. You could always install in-floor heating if you wanted. Next up the ladder would be 5/8" or better engineered click lock hardwood flooring. Carpet last, and linoleum never.
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I would go with rubberized flooring.
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If the concern is the cold floor, the problem is you need some kind of thermal break between the concrete slab and your flooring.
One option - 1/2" or 1" XPS layered across the slab, covered w/ plywood, new floor on top.
Other option - a ribbed/slightly raised floor like Dricore or Delta FL, this creates a small air space and also very minimal constant between subfloor and slab. Also leaves breathing room for moisture.

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