Are you planning to finish your basement? It’s a great way to add useful square footage to your home, whether you want to create a laundry room, workshop, apartment space, movie theatre, or anything else – it needs to be done right. It all starts with choosing the right kind of sealant to protect, waterproof, and even level your floor if necessary. With that said, here’s why epoxy flooring is the product of choice for warm, dry, and functional basement floors in New Jersey homes.
Pros and Cons of Epoxy Flooring in Basements
Let’s take a look at the advantages of having this type of floor coating and how epoxy can help solve some of the challenges that come with owning and finishing a basement.
- It’s waterproof – The single biggest challenge with finishing a basement or even simply safeguarding the structure of your home is moisture. The freezing temperatures of winter, the heat of summer, and the hydrostatic pressure from the ground surrounding your basement cause your foundation to shrink and expand, creating tiny cracks where water from rain, ice, snow, and the water table itself seep in. When this happens, your home becomes a prime site for mold and mildew, as well as structural problems down the line.
While epoxy flooring is not meant to address structural problems with your underlying concrete slab or its ability to shed water (think “french drain”), it is still the concrete floor finishing solution of choice if your basement slab has no major issues. Epoxy basement floors are exceptionally waterproof, preventing minor water entry through the foundation, and preventing moisture from coming through this durable barrier from below.
- It’s durable – Epoxy is slightly flexible and very hardwearing, which means it expands and contracts through temperature changes without developing cracks, warping, or buckling. It is often used in industrial and commercial settings because of its durability and can handle very heavy foot traffic, in addition to being damage resistant against scrapes, dropped tools, and more. As a result, it should last you a lifetime.
- It can stand on its own or be covered – Epoxy basement floors can be customized to suit your interior design or covered with the flooring of your choice. It is self-leveling for minor height variations, so you have a perfectly level and smooth floor when you’re done. Note that Diamond Garage Solutions will address more serious problems with concrete leveling before we ever apply the epoxy finish. It’s safe to say that whatever your floor requires, we’ll do the work to do it right.
- It’s affordable – All of these great qualities actually don’t come at a high price, making it an affordable and budget-friendly way to upgrade and protect your basement. Even if you are looking at professional installation of your epoxy floor (which is highly recommended), it is still one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of waterproofing your basement floor and achieving a move-in-ready result.
So, what are the drawbacks?
We’d say that the only drawback of this type of flooring is that it should be done professionally, unless you have plenty of experience with the product. As with any other type of flooring, the basement foundation must be prepped for this coating and any structural issues will need to be addressed first. The commercial epoxy we use isn’t a home depot brand and is not available to consumers. A professional installation may cost a little more, but the results are worth it – a basement floor that lasts for years to come.
Basement Epoxy Floor Installation – Fast, Professional, and Affordable
At Diamond Garage Solutions, we’ve been installing high-quality epoxy flooring in New Jersey basements and garages for decades. Not only do we repair your basement floor to an exceptional level, but we also install your new epoxy flooring in just 1-2 days, giving you a long-lasting, attractive, and durable result that adds value to your home.
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