as creates a flat, level surface
for the finished floor. We followed
the subfloor with a layer of easy-to-install prefinished cork flooring
from Lumber Liquidators, creating a resilient walking surface
with a rich, natural appearance.
Finally, we added a much-needed
splash of color and underfoot
warmth by making an accent rug
from simple place-and-adhere
carpet pads from Flor. Here’s
how the project unfolded.
One solution to a dry, warm and
comfortable basement floor is
the Barricade Modular Subfloor
from OvrX ( www.ovrx.com), specif-
ically designed to insulate con-
crete floors. The system comes
in 2-by-2-foot panels that quickly
and easily install using a tongue-
and-groove system, and require
no fastening or gluing. The OSB
panels are 1.125-inch thick and
backed with a layer of closed-cell
polystyrene (Styrofoam) insula-
tion, achieving an R value of 3. 2
so walls feel as much as 15
degrees warmer. The recessed
Because concrete transfers
moisture, you should never
install carpet or wood directly
over the bare slab of a basement; they’ll ruin in no time. Tile,
vinyl and linoleum flooring can
transfer cold temperatures from
the basement slab to the room.
Make sure the slab is level.
Start in a corner with a full panel.