Waterproofing prevents water from damaging your basement floor no matter how much water is present. That means your flooring won’t warp, bend, swell, break, or be damaged from water exposure. It is crucial to have a waterproof basement and not just water-resistant flooring in places like Sarasota, prone to hurricanes. Waterproofing will give you peace of mind, knowing your basement won’t be damaged in the event of flooding from a hurricane.
Water-resistant flooring may do the job for a while but will eventually break down, whereas waterproofing will protect your floors indefinitely. The cost of waterproofing is small compared to repairing a water-damaged or wet basement and is a worthwhile investment for homes located in places that may experience flooding from heavy rain.
Square Footage Matters
Depending on the size of your basement, the average cost for waterproofing is $5-10 a square foot, though it is possible to get a lower rate per square foot for larger basements. Keep in mind that labor costs and the cost of materials are included in the estimate for your basement.
Waterproofing a basement is not just a matter of installing flooring, either. Waterproofing systems may require interior and exterior foundation work, including crack repairs and basement sealing. It may be necessary to install a drainage system such as a french drain or sump pump, the cost calculated by linear foot.
Materials Have An Effect On Cost
There are different materials involved in waterproofing a basement, depending on what kind of work your basement requires, and some materials cost more than others. Some products, such as waterproofing paint used to seal basement walls, are not very expensive.
Exterior work, which may involve installing a membrane to keep water out of the foundation, will cost more. The materials needed for foundation repair can also impact the overall cost, as issues with the foundation will have to be fixed before the waterproofing process can be completed.
Labor Is The Biggest Part Of The Cost
While it may be tempting to go the DIY route for home repair projects, you will want a professional to waterproof your basement. The man-hours and expertise in waterproofing a basement are extensive, and at Paradigm, we have perfected our process. Labor is the most expensive part of a waterproofing estimate, but it is easy to understand why when looking at all of the factors involved.
We diamond grind our floors for a smooth, highly polished finish in addition to providing three layers of waterproofing material, and each layer takes an entire day to install. Because of the severity of hurricanes in Sarasota, each step of our process has been put in place to ensure that your basement is sealed and waterproofed.
Let Us Provide A Beautiful Waterproofed Basement Floor
Not only is waterproofing a practical investment in your home, it can be an aesthetically pleasing one too. At Paradigm, we offer epoxy flooring, stained concrete, and polished concrete floors with a range of finishes, allowing you to choose a beautiful custom floor. Rest assured that your flooring will fit seamlessly with the vision you have for your basement, with versatile colors and designs to choose from. Our flooring is waterproof as well as stain and scratch-resistant so you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your basement flooring is tough and made to last.