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Last updated on April 23, 2015

Cold, Damp Basement Floor Has This Homeowner Perplexed

Jake Schloegel, CR President and Founder
Jake Schloegel, CR
President and Founder

Jake Answers How To Deal With Concrete Slab Basement

Dear Jake,

What is the best flooring for a cold, damp basement? There is existing carpet over a concrete slab. Any advice is appreciated.



Dear Homeowner,

If I had a cold, damp basement I may be hesitant to spend very much money trying to make it livable. You might want to look into why it is damp and take the necessary steps to alleviate that problem. Cold and damp basements are hard to get comfortable.

To answer your question, I would suggest using a “hard tile” such as ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone. Use a mortar based mastic that should hold up better under damp conditions. Be aware, any product exposed to excessive moisture over an extended period of time that does not have adequate ventilation could cause a mold to form.

You might consider adding electric floor heat to deal with your cold problem. These electric cables are embedded in the mortar and the heat from them can create a very enjoyable place to live.

Good luck!!


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