We recently purchased a home with an unfinished basement and my goal is to finish it. I’d like to add a second bathroom and a family room. My plan had been to paint the concrete floor but a friend suggested I install a subfloor. This seems like extra work and an added expense. Can you explain why I would need a subfloor and what the long term benefits would be? – Peter
Traditionally, basements are cold and damp spaces that are prone to moisture problems. Installing a proper subfloor is the most effective way to prevent those problems and create a space that is warm, soft and dry. Here’s how:
WARM Did you know that 25% of your home’s heat energy is lost through the foundation and concrete slab floor? Insulating your basement floor actually improves the thermal performance of your entire home! In terms of energy and heat, using a R3 rated DRIcore Subfloor R+ in your basement is the equivalent of adding R40 insulation in your attic!
SOFT The basement, especially in the family room, will be a heavy traffic area. Constant, repetitive walking or standing on concrete floors can cause cumulative pain and fatigue. A subfloor will provide added shock absorbency for one’s feet by raising the floor from the hard concrete.
DRY DRIcore Subfloor panels are designed with air gap technology that encourages constant air flow and evaporation/reabsorption of surface moisture emitted from your concrete. Consider a DRIcore Subfloor as a cheap insurance policy; after spending thousands of dollars in your basement, you want to protect your investment by limiting moisture that can cause damage to your walls, flooring and furniture!
When renovating a basement, a quality subfloor is a must to help ensure you have a mold-free, dry, warm and comfortable space for everyone to enjoy! – Dan Sudnik, Renovation Expert, DRIcore