No one wants to spend time in a cold, damp basement. That is why, no matter how much money you spend on turning your basement into a beautiful family room, game room or gym, if it doesn’t feel as good as it looks, it will not be used to its full potential.
There are several reasons why basements tend to feel cold. Firstly, there is the fact that heat naturally rises. Basement leakage and poor or absent subflooring can also play a role in bringing the temperature down.
Check For Leakage
The first step in warming a cold basement is to ensure that there aren’t any problems with water and leakage. You may want to contact a basement waterproofing specialist to analyze the situation and perform any repairs if needed.
Upgrade Your Basement Subfloors
More often than not, if you have cold basement floors, it’s because there isn’t a proper barrier between the bare concrete and the tile, carpeting, laminate, or whatever flooring that has been installed on top of it. That’s why a successful basement renovation always begins from the ground up.
Concrete is an incredibly porous material. It absorbs cold and moisture from the earth beneath the foundation, thereby creating a cold damp feeling underfoot. If the concrete floor in your basement is exposed, or placed right up against the flooring, that cold dampness will then spread out to the rest of the space. Typically, this is further exasperated by a lack of good airflow in the basement.
The traditional solution for a cold basement floor has been to lay a plywood subfloor over sheets of vapor barrier. However, the method is flawed due to the fact that vapor barrier is made of plastic, and plastic will trap moisture against the subfloor material. This moisture will eventually lead to the growth of mold and rotting of the plywood subfloor.
Fortunately, there are now waterproof membranes and floating subfloor systems designed to keep your basement floor warm and watertight.
DRIcore is probably the most widely known subfloor system in Canada. This innovation in subfloor systems first became available in Canada via Home Depot back in 2001. As indicated on their website:
“DRIcore is a floating subfloor made with a raised high-density polyethylene moisture barrier base bonded to an engineered core designed to allow air to flow underneath the subfloor system keeping floors warm and dry. (DRIcore.com)”
Install a Basement Floor Radiant Heating System
Homeowners can install an in-floor radiant heating system for reliable, consistently warm floors. Radiant in-floor heating involves a series of flexible plastic tubes, which snake across the underside of your flooring. Water that has been warmed by a connected heat source then fills the tubing to bring your flooring up to a comfortable temperature.
If you’re ready to improve the temperature in your basement, contact the appropriate professionals in your local area. Here at eieihome.com you’ll find several different trade professionals to help make your basement more livable. Browse our listings to find waterproofing contractors, basement renovation contractors, flooring experts, and HVAC professionals in your local area.