Basements are typically cold, dark and damp places. Using the right coatings in your basement can ensure longevity and add usability to your basement. Before applying any coatings, it is important to address ventilation, and any humidity / water issues in the basement. Choosing coatings that have low VOC / smells in the basement is important because these odors can linger for days and even travel throughout your home if ventilation is poor. Moisture remediation is also important because moisture can cause floor coatings to fail prematurely as well as prevent them from bonding to your substrate. With that in mind, let’s take a look at our floor coating offerings for the basement.
To address moisture issues we recommend using a moisture vapor barrier such as epoxy primers specifically rated to be a moisture vapor barrier, or a silicate based concrete sealing system such as our moisture lock.

Applicable Products

Water-borne Epoxy Primer Moisture Vapor Barrier 150W

This is a two component waterborne epoxy coating that can be applied to damp concrete, but not concrete that is wet or pooling water. This product penetrates the concrete and creates a barrier between the concrete and water vapors. This primer will strengthen the substrate so that subsequent coating layers do not pop off from the moisture vapor transmission pressures. Odor is moderate, some ventilation is recommended.

Moisture Lock

Single component modified silicate solution supplied as a ready to use moisture barrier and sealer for concrete. This silicate solution reacts with available alkali in the concrete substrate to form a crystalline structure. In essence, this is a concrete densifier reducing vapor and moisture drive through the substrate. Odor is moderate, some ventilation is recommended.

Solvent-borne Acrylic Coating / Sealer  

A single component acrylic resin dispersed in urethane grade xylene. Features good performance for a low cost. Can be applied clear or pigmented to any color you desire. For use as a protective and decorative concrete coating or sealer. Cannot be applied to wet or damp concrete, concrete must be clean and dry. May require additional coats as needed on a yearly or biannual basis according to wear levels. Odor is moderate, some ventilation is recommended.

Water-borne Acrylic Coating / Sealer  

This single component waterborne acrylic coating can be applied to damp concrete, not wet or pooling water. Easy to apply and tint and color you desire. This component is self-crosslinking and will offer higher performance compared to the solvent borne acrylic coating. May require yearly or bi-annual coating maintenance such as refresher coat to bring life back to the coating. Odor is moderate, some ventilation is recommended

Water Borne Epoxy Coating 250 W

A two component waterborne epoxy coating. Good for solid color and chip floors. This waterborne coating is rather slow and makes installation very easy, but requires at least 2 days to install due to the slow reaction of the epoxy. Odor is moderate, some ventilation is recommended.

100% Solid Epoxy Coating 300 S

A two component coating consisting of standard epoxy resin crosslinked with a cycloaliphatic amine. Creating a strong, flexible floor coating that will last for years. Featuring good chemical, abrasion, and hot tire pickup resistance. Technically this coating has some UV resistance because of the cycloaliphatic hardener, however it will yellow in time. Only recommended for basements without exposure to sunlight. Can be pigmented, used with chips, and even metallic pigments. Odor is moderate, some ventilation is recommended.

Polyurethane / Polyaspartic Coating   

Both systems are 2 component high cross link density floor coatings. These systems feature excellent chemical, abrasion hot tire pick-up and UV resistance. The best, longest lasting coating system available for your concrete floors. We recommend using a moisture vapor barrier before applying this coating on a basement floor. Can be pigmented any color, used with flooring chips and metallic pigments. Odor is excessive, ventilation is an absolute must.