Painting a basement floor is an excellent way to give your basement a mini-makeover. A new coat of paint can transform the look of your basement while also making the floor easier to clean. If you're a homeowner who would like to paint your basement floor, these tips will help.
Pick the Right Color
Choosing the right color is the first important step in painting your basement floor. To pick the right color, consider the amount of light in the room and the amount of dirt that you expect to track in on a regular basis.
In a room where dirt is a common problem, a floor painted in a medium-to-dark color color will help hide any tracks made by messy shoes. In a room where there's little natural light, a lighter color paint can help brighten the space. Neutral colors like gray and beige are best for matching furniture and items placed in the room.
Clean the Floor
Before you can paint the floor, you'll first need to clean it. Sweep the floor with a broom, then use a mop to wipe down the floor and remove any remaining dirt. Mop the floor with warm water mixed with gentle detergent. Give the floors at least 24 hours to dry before proceeding.
If the basement is very humid, you may need to wait longer before painting. To find out, lay down a square of plastic on the floor overnight, then return the following day. If the plastic is wet underneath, this is a sign that the floor has not yet completely dried. You may either wait until the floors have completely dried, or run a dehumidifier in the room.
Cracks allow moisture to enter the room, which can cause a painted floor to peel and bubble. Before painting your floor, patch cracks with a quality concrete patch. To do this, remove any rubble inside the crack, then fill the crack with a concrete patch. Use a paint scraper to level the paint.
Note that some cracks can be an indication of foundation trouble. If your basement floor has cracks wider than about 1/2 of an inch, talk to a structural engineer before covering the crack with patch. A good structural engineer can help you decide whether or not your foundation cracks are indicative of a foundation problem.
Prime First, Paint Last
Paint has a hard time adhering to certain types of paint and concrete. The best way to ensure that your paint will stick to the concrete without peeling or bubbling is to paint the floors with a concrete primer.
Follow all manufacturer instructions when applying primer to the floors. If you've recently patched cracks on your floor, check the crack patch directions to find out if there is a curing time before applying primer over the crack patch.
Choose the Right Paint
Basement floors need to be painted with floor epoxy, which is not quite the same as standard interior paint. Contact your local paint store or painting professionals to ensure that you're able to buy the right type of paint for your basement. Low-VOC paint is good for basements because these spaces are not usually well ventilated. Low-VOC paint can reduce emissions in your basement and, therefore, keep indoor air quality as good as can be expected.
Contact a Professional Painter for Help
The best way to get your basement floor painted is to contact a professional painter. To get a quote or to get started with your floor painting project, contact a reputable painter in your community.
At Elite Painting KC, we're happy to answer any questions you might have about painting your basement. Contact us today to find out more about painting your basement floor.