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Steps to a dry, comfortable basement

Sometimes the cure for a house you’ve outgrown is right underneath you. The basement is a space that can be transformed into a playroom, den, home theatre or in-law apartment and will cost a fraction of what it will cost to build an addition or move to a larger home. It is an affordable way to add hundreds of square feet of living space to your home.

There’s a lot to consider when extending your living space into the basement, but if it’s done right, you will never want to leave!

A critical factor to create a warm and comfortable living space is having a subfloor. While there is the “old-fashioned” method of building a subfloor, homeowners today should choose an all-in-one solution such as DRICORE® subfloor panels that simplifies the installation process. There are many benefits from using this modern product.

Letting the air flow

A concrete basement slab is porous and prone to moisture absorption from water vapour migrating up through the slab. In fact, almost all basements will have moisture problems that can lead to mould and rot.  Look for subfloor panels that are constructed to elevate the finished flooring and create an airspace underneath it allowing moisture to evaporate naturally.  DRICORE subfloor panels, for example, are made of a resilient, engineered wood with a water-resistant polyethylene membrane on the underside – which means an extra layer of protection from that cold, moist concrete floor. This helps prevent the formation of mould or mildew and keeps basement flooring warmer than if it’s in direct contact with concrete.

Upping the R-Value

R-Value defines how well a particular construction material insulates. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulation, the warmer it will feel, and the more energy you will save. DRICORE is specifically designed for concrete floors and has an R-Value of 1.7, which raises the temperature of finished flooring by up to 3.2°C.

Basement floors can be cold, so anything builders or handy DIYers can do to increase the temperature is welcome. Rather than spending money on heating a floor, keep it the perfect temperature with a subfloor product like DRICORE R+ that can raise finished floor temperatures by 5.6°C / 10.6°F.  On average this represents a 4% savings on heating for a two-story home in Canada

Installing is quick and easy

The joy of a DIY project is being able to get it done without complications. Installing DRICORE is about as simple as it gets, with a 500-square foot floor being completed easily in an afternoon. No nails or glue are required, the tiles are simply snapped into place using just a saw for cutting and a mallet to get the panels firmly secured.


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