The Role Of Ready-Mix Concrete In A Finished And Elevated Basement: How This Works

Posted on: 29 August 2016

If you bought a very old home that still has a dirt floor in the basement (the remnants of a root cellar rather than a basement), then you might want to cover it with concrete. If you also want to elevate your basement so that you can actually stand up straight, that can be done at the same time. If you want to do all of the above and finish your basement so that you can use it as a living space, then here is how that is accomplished and how ready-mix concrete plays a role.

Lowering the Dirt Floor to Elevate the Height of the Basement

In this first step, the contractors remove several feet of the old dirt floor, providing added supports underneath your house as they excavate. Then they level the dirt floor, which is now two to six feet lower than it was before. They pour ready-mix concrete and smooth it all over the dirt floor, making a nice, even concrete floor as they exit the basement and then wait for the floor to dry. The bonus with using ready-mix concrete is that it is very quick drying, so that you and the contractor's crew do not have to wait forever.

Sanding and Smoothing the Cured Concrete

After the curing process, the concrete floor is sanded and smoothed in order to accept carpeting, if that is your intention. Otherwise, you can also cover the concrete floor with an epoxy coating that gives it a very finished, smooth, and attractive look. The sanding and polishing discs on the floor buffing machine do create a lot of dust, so be sure your contractor's crew wipe everything down afterward or there will be a lot of lung-filing dust in the air.

Knowing How the Concrete Plays a Role

There is no way you are going to want to put any furniture in a basement with a dirt floor. Hundreds of insects would surface, including centipedes, spiders, millipedes, and ants. Nobody wants to sit in that kind of environment or risk exposing nice furniture to dozens of crawly bugs. The concrete seals out all of the bugs and unifies the current foundation walls in one complete structure. The base of the walls are met with the new concrete, adding strength to the walls where they often need it most. The concrete makes your "new" basement clean, and comfortable, and with the addition of carpeting or a floor epoxy, the basement becomes a very nice gathering space. 

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Getting Bids From Concrete Contractors

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