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Apr 30, 2013, 10:34 AM
Basement Floor
We finished our basement several years ago and installed carpeting. Since then, we have had several instances where the carpeting has gotten wet, most recently from a broken plumbing fixture. We have torn up the old carpeting and I am reluctant to put new carpeting down since it will probably get damaged at some point in the future. I'm thinking that some kind of high-build paint, similar to garage floor paint, might be an option. I'm looking for suggestions. TIA for your help.
Apr 30, 2013, 11:02 AM
I've not been impressed with the DIY garage floor epoxy paint performance. It might hold up better in the basement since it won't have hot tires turning on it at slow speeds.

Have you thought about staining the concrete?

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Apr 30, 2013, 11:05 AM
there is an interior 2-part epoxy paint, not garage grade, that wears a little better than the usual floor paint. how much better is yet to be seen, as we have put it down in closets and not on anything that gets a lot of wear.

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Apr 30, 2013, 11:41 AM
Staining is out since the floor has remnants of old linoleum glue. I'm not too concerned about wear issues since it doesn't get a lot of traffic and we will likely be putting down some area rugs and runners. My main concern is moisture, so am leaning away from vinyl or linoleum.
Apr 30, 2013, 02:09 PM
well, moisture is going to pop off any painty thing you put on the concrete sooner or later.

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Jul 02, 2013, 05:39 AM
Topping off your basement especially at your laundry area can be a big pain. Why not opt for Wood floors? They look great and elegant, plus less maintenance. Check out they have different kinds of wooden floors suited for your basement. Hope this helps!