Can anyone direct me to website for information about insulating my basement
I'm presently considering on installing a floating floor in thre basement,
but would like to know the best way to do the sub floor.
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Up here in Canada you definitely need to if you are planning on using
ceramic tile in your basement. I've been in houses that have
basements with ceramic tile in the hallways and carpet in the
bedrooms. In the winter time the ceramic tile is freezing cold even
though the room is at a comfortable temperature. Unfinished areas
(such as the concrete floor in the furnace room) are just as cold.
Areas with carpet however are fine on your feet.
I've heard that the proper way to do it if you are planning on having
ceramic tile in a basement where it can get quite cold in the winter
is to install wires underneath the tile in a zig-zag pattern that heat
up the floor when you turn on a switch. However I can't imagine that
being cheap on electricity.
On 26-Aug-2004, jonny email@example.com (Jonny R) wrote:
Insulating the basement makes sense unless you think that 12-15C is
comfortable. While soil does insulate, the temperature at depth is
quite a bit cooler than room temperature. If you want to heat the soil,
don't insulate. Eventually enough heat will end up in the soil to
stabilize the temp at a nice temperature. However, if the water table
is inconveniently located, that might not happen.
It doesn't take much insulation to make a difference in the basement.
If I were to do it, I'd use something like DriCore with an inch or
so of insulation on top then the subfloor. Dry and comfortable - a
bit pricey, perhaps, but not outrageous.
Up here in Canada, you almost always have to insulate a basement floor
somewhat if you plan on using it as living space. _Unless_ they already
put in foam board under the concrete.
If you were doing the floor in hardwood, the hardwood _might_ be enough.
For carpet, choosing a thick underpad is often enough.
If you're putting in a floating subfloor, I'd consider putting in foam
between the sleepers. Like Styrofoam-SM Blue. [Check the application
booklets for exactly which one is appropriate.]
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
I bought Delta FL for our basement www.deltafl.com
It is essentially the bottom portion of what is on the Dri-Core product, and
much less expensive. You can put laminate flooring directly on the Delta-Fl
without the need of plywood under it. Nice stuff in my opinion.
I bought mine from a distributor in Tennessee (Berry's Wood Products). They
were very friendly, answered all questions I had, and shipped it to me here
in PA Fed-Ex. For 3 rools (306 sq. ft. per roll or something like that) was
$565. Not bad, and if you get a small amount of water under it, the dimples
on the product help it disperse without harm (although it will not prevent
heavy water damage). Check out the website if you are interested.
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