Basement Flooring St. Louis: Repair, Staining, Sealing & Epoxy Coatings

Almost every St. Louis home has a basement. While it is often included in a plan, it is often unused or neglected. Oftentimes, you would find an unfinished or partially finished basement flooring or some old carpet and worn out glue on concrete. In the past, a home remodel, specifically in the basement, would require more tedious and more expensive options. With decorative concrete, basement flooring can be at its most appealing, durable, and functional state…all at an affordable cost.

Concrete Basement Floors for St. Louis Home and Businesses

The concrete floor in the basement is often exposed to moisture and humidity because it is below grade level and is the lowest floor in an entire home or commercial establishment. Decorative concrete resurfacing and refinishing solutions can address those issues while making the space more valuable than ever. A structurally sound basement concrete floors make way for noteworthy benefits, such as:

  • Home or Commercial Additions

There are many things you can do to a basement. You can create a family room in the basement and add bathrooms as well. Another option is to turn it into a basement laundry room. The possibilities are endless. However, the floor needs to be finished and in good condition to keep the area functional and safe for use. St. Louis businesses can also benefit from a working basement. Whether it is used for storage or as a business space, it needs to be in great condition.

  • Property Resale Value

A functional basement adds to the St. Louis property’s resale value. If you would find the need to sell your home, having the basement flooring leveled, finished, or resurfaced will definitely up the selling price. Buyers love homes with fully functional rooms. Business establishments can also be sold for a higher price if it has functional basements.

Common Basement Concrete Floor Problems

The basement flooring is probably one of the most problematic floors in a house or commercial space. The high level of moisture and humidity can cause several issues on the basement concrete. Some issues on basement concrete include:

  • Plain Concrete Floor

A plain floor is not something you would want to see especially if you are planning to use the basement as an additional St. Louis MO room. Concrete tends to dry with uneven tones of gray and brown. Not only is this boring to look at, but it could also lower the value of a home.

  • Old Worn-Out Look

When you take out old tile, linoleum, or carpet, you are left with an ugly concrete surface. Grout can be quite difficult to remove. Linoleum causes mold to develop on the porous concrete because this floor covering can cause moisture from the concrete to get trapped on the surface. Removed carpets leave hardened glue that can be quite challenging to take out.

  • Cracks

Many things can cause cracks on a basement floor. It can be caused by a moving subgrade, impact, heavy foot traffic, and more. For basement flooring, moisture and humidity play a huge role in weakening the concrete slab. While minor cracks can be repaired, the patch that a repair leaves can be quite an eyesore.

  • Chipping

Chipping concrete is either caused by tremendous impact or a weak concrete surface, which is often caused by the humidity in the basement. Not only are these unattractive, these are also hazardous. Once a part of the surface chips off, more of the concrete’s pores is revealed, making it more vulnerable to damage.

  • Unleveled

Floors that are not leveled right are dangerous. Leveling work needs to be done on the slab to put it back in its rightful position. Sunken areas on a basement flooring could be a sign that the subgrade is not compacted properly and may have moved at some point, creating a void underneath. It is highly recommended to consult a pro to assess the sunken slab and check if it can be repaired or if it would be better off removed and replaced.

Recommended Solutions for Saint Louis Concrete Basement Flooring

Any damage to a concrete basement can be dealt with without having to spend an exorbitant amount of money. Here are top flooring options and solutions that do not involve slab removal and replacement:

  • Staining – It is ideal to stain basement floors if it is too plain, has ugly stains, or is unpleasantly discolored. Stained concrete is a decorative concrete solution that offers a wide selection of color options. It comes in two types: acid and water-based. An acid stain creates random effects that can result in a natural stone or leather-like appearance. A water-based stain dries in more uniform and consistent hues and has a wider selection of color options than the acid type.
  • Epoxy – A popular two-part material, epoxy is an impressive coating for basement flooring. An epoxy floor is tough and seamless. It is resistant to impact, abrasion, chemical spills, and more. This coating can be customized with paint chips to make the resurfaced floor look more appealing. The resin and hardener are first mixed together before being spread on a cleaned and well-prepared concrete floor. Part of preparations is ensuring that the basement flooring is not suffering from any moisture issue.
  • Sealing – Concrete is a very porous material. It is because of its porosity that makes it prone to deep-seated stains and freeze-thaw and water damage. A layer of concrete sealer can seal off the pores, protecting the slab and making it easier to clean. A polished concrete floor becomes easier to maintain if it is sealed properly. There are many different types of sealers so make sure to consult a pro to find the most appropriate type.
  • Mudjacking – This is a process of putting a sunken slab back to its rightful position. A hole is drilled through the slab. This is where the filling material will be injected. The injected material fills in any void under the slab, dramatically lifting the slab back into place. The drilled hole is then filled and sealed. This process is also referred to as slab jacking.

Basement Floor Design Ideas

No matter what you plan to use the basement for, there are several designs you can incorporate on the floors with the help of decorative concrete. If you fancy a natural stone surface, you can acquire a marble floor simply by acid staining the basement floor. If you want something that looks like granite or terrazzo, epoxy with paint chips can replicate just that.

You can also polish the concrete floor if you want a more utilitarian or contemporary look on the floor. If you are not a big fan of the gray color that concrete naturally has, then why not stain the polished floor to a more desired color? A water-based stain comes in various colors from earthy to pastel. After staining, you can further customize by engraving designs on the concrete floor.

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Basement flooring is not really something we put at the top of our list when it comes to remodeling. However, it deserves every bit of attention since it is a part of your property. We at Decorative Concrete Resurfacing can help you with that. Whether there is a floor issue you want to address or you simply want to finish your basement floor, we have an appropriate solution for you. We have over 34 years of experience in the decorative concrete industry, having been able to help more than 5000 happy and satisfied customers. Come and be one of them.

Call us today or email us and our service manager will get back to you within 24 hours to schedule an in-home visit for a free estimate. You will get info on pricing and an accurate estimate with no hidden fees. Let us help give your basement a whole new look now!

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April 8, 2020

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