When remodeling a basement you have a few choices for basement flooring. You could install carpet, but carpet wears out eventually and can hold in that nasty basement oder! You could leave the floor concrete but that is just plain ugly!Tile is nice but is costly and difficult to install. Or you could install basement laminate flooring. Basement laminate flooring comes in many different colors and is very long lasting, easy to clean and will not trap moisture.
However when you install basement laminate flooring keep in mind that there is certain steps you need to take to ensure your floor is installed properly. The very first step you should take is to make sure the concrete is level, unleveled concrete will give your flooring low spots and an unattractive appearance. By filling any low spots you will have a smooth beautiful level laminate floor! After the floor is level you will need to lay down a vapor barrier for your basement laminate flooring. This is quite easy and the best material to use for the job is a 6-mil plastic sheeting. Tape this sheeting to the basement floor and overlap it six inches and tape the overlaps together. Cut the sheeting big enough to go up the wall about 2 inches behind the base trim. The vapor barrier is the most critical step when you install your basement laminate flooring and skipping it could mean a damaged floor in a short period of time.
The next step is actually installing your basement laminate flooring and completing the project. Before you install your new flooring make sure the the boxes of flooring are allowed to lay flat on the basement for at least 72 hours. This process allows the wood to adjust to the basements temperature and humidity. If you skip this step your floor may not lay right a few days after installing. If you decide that basement laminate flooring is what you want then take the time to prep the floor correctly. This will save time, frustration and money in the long run.