ThermalDry® Flooring from Basement Systems
It's the best basement flooring by far...and we can prove it!
You can install just about any type of flooring in a finished basement. When the installation is complete, your new floor will look great. But how long will it stay that way? Eventually, many flooring materials that do well upstairs end up deteriorating in the basement simply because of higher moisture levels. This even happens in a "dry" basement because of concrete's ability to absorb and release moisture, and because of occasional spills and water leaks.
ThermalDry flooring is designed specifically for basement use. It's the smart, beautiful, long-lasting alternative to "above-grade" flooring treatments that can't stand up to basement conditions.
Here's how we designed the perfect basement flooring –in 4 steps.
- Start with the right material. The first rule we established for our basement flooring was simple: It should never, ever be damaged by water or moisture of any sort; and it shouldn't support mold growth. Right away we had to rule out all wood products. Our sure bet for a totally waterproof, mold-hostile material was premium-grade PVC (polyvinyl chloride), the same impervious plastic used to make plumbing pipes. Our flooring isn't just waterproof. It's also strong, durable, flexible and stain-resistant â€“as close as you can get to a maintenance-free material.
- Use nubs for drainage, comfort & strength.Now take a look at the underside of a ThermalDry flooring tile. Instead of a thick, solid layer of PVC, our tiles are nubby underneath. The nubs are important for several reasons. For starters, they create a drainage plane beneath the finished floor surface, allowing water to drain or simply evaporate rather than get forced up between flooring tiles.
The nubs also help to create a thermal break between the concrete and the finished floor surface. The air space provides insulation value, which helps a ThermalDry floor to be warmer underfoot (about 10degrees warmer than the concrete floor surface). Finally, our nubby design also enables ThermalDry tiles to provide solid support over a rough or slightly irregular concrete surface. Instead of cracking like ceramic tile flooring often does, ThermalDry can flex.
- Engineer an interlocking design. Wouldn't it be great if you could install basement flooring without glue, nails, screws, adhesive or grout? We definitely wanted our flooring to be easy to install. That's why ThermalDry flooring tiles simply snap together. The joints are self-aligning; you can't put tiles together the wrong way. And the interlocking joint design is strong but reversible. It's as easy to remove a tile as it is to install one. Since all styles of our ThermalDry flooring tiles share the same interlocking design, you can create a basement floor by combining different styles.
- Add style with a variety of surface finishes. To suit different functions and satisfy a wide range of style preferences, we created plenty of style options in our selection of ThermalDry flooring. ThermalDry "matting" tiles have an unfinished top surface that provides the perfect base for carpeting. We also have carpeted ThermalDry flooring tiles, as well as tiles finished to look like ceramic tile or oak parquet flooring.
Do it right the first time, so you only have to do it once
Instead of installing a basement floor that you'll have to replace after it gets damp and moldy, why not do it right the first time, so you don't have to do it over? ThermalDry flooring is designed to look better and last longer than any other basement flooring available. It's a beautiful finishing touch for your basement.
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