A Wood Floor That Can Survive Anywhere
In a basement or on a slab, create a stable platform to support quality engineered-wood flooring.
Synopsis: Creating extra living space in your house doesn’t necessarily mean building an addition. Many basements are viable options for conversion to livable space. To make a subterranean room feel even more homey, you can install a wood floor — which isn’t such a crazy idea if you use the method Charles Peterson outlines in this article. Peterson, a wood-flooring expert, recommends a system built in layers: first, the concrete slab; second, a layer of 15-mil polyethylene vapor retarder; third, two layers of 1/2-in. or 5/8-in. exposure-1 plywood; and finally, the finish flooring. This article includes a sidebar about choosing the best engineered flooring for a basement or slab project.
If you need more living space but don’t want to move, you’ve got a couple of options. Either you can build an addition, or you can put the space you already have to better use. The latter option often…