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Concrete Basement FloorsSeven Reasons Why You Should Enhance Rather Than Cover Up Concrete Basement Floors
Homeowners who have full or partial basements that can be transformed into living space are essentially sitting on a goldmine. Realtor surveys show that finishing a basement ranks just behind kitchen and bathroom renovations in maximizing the return on the homeowner's investment, with the payback sometimes exceeding the remodeling expenditure (see Why a Finished Basement?). What's more, expanding the living space into the basement is often much more economical than adding another room or floor onto an existing home.
So when prospecting this subterranean goldmine, why do many homeowners bury one of its most valuable nuggets-the concrete floor? Why do they assume that hiding the concrete under carpeting or other floor coverings is the best way to strike it rich in terms of value and resale potential?
It's time to straighten these homeowners out before the gold rush passes them by, and bust some of the common myths about the perceived disadvantages of concrete floors. In fact, assuming that the basement and floor are structurally sound, enhancing the concrete rather than covering it up is fast becoming the gold standard in basement floor treatments, with benefits that extend well beyond aesthetics.