Basement Floor Epoxy and Sealer

A basement floor sealer is ideal for preventing water damage. Here's how to choose a sealer that will work for your space.

Seal your concrete basement floors with epoxy to prevent moisture from entering your living space.

Whether you plan on finishing your basement space or keeping it in its original state, it is important to apply a waterproof sealant to the concrete floor in order to lock out moisture. An epoxy-coated basement floor is one of the best ways to maintain and preserve your space.


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Epoxy dries thick and hard, both waterproofing and providing a durable finish. Epoxies are also an excellent solution for a high-traffic basement, such as one that is used as a recreation area or workshop. There are three types of epoxy: water-based, solvent-based and 100 percent solid. They come in a range of colors, including green, ivory, brown and red.

If you plan on placing carpet, hardwood or another flooring material on top of a concrete basement floor, consider applying a few coats of epoxy to the concrete before laying the floor. This will work as a moisture barrier and prevent future water damage.

Be sure to apply the epoxy to a cool basement floor, which will help it to adhere to the surface. Use a long-handled roller to apply the epoxy in a thin coat. A second coat may be necessary, but be sure to allow 24 hours before applying it. Wait until the epoxy has fully dried before installing a new floor.

See also: Floor Buying Guide


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