How to finish basement floor

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

Q. We are refinishing a basement and need to decide on flooring. Room is a 40 x 40 with concrete base. Very dry but did install a sump pump as a precaution. Room will be a TV/game room as well as a laundry area. Trying to decide between carpet/laminate floor. Any pearls of wisdom?

KATHI CUPRINSKI, by e-mail

A. One pearl of wisdom: No carpet or laminate floor, neither of which will do below grade, even in a dry area. My other pearl is to apply large ceramic tiles with a thin-set mortar. Then get area rugs, which can be removed and cleaned if ever they get wet.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Share