What Can I Do To Make Concrete Floor Above Parking Garage Warmer?

December 2nd 2008
What Can I Do To Make Concrete Floor Above Parking Garage Warmer?

Q. I live on the first floor of a condo above the parking garage. The concrete floor gets very cold and we are planning to replace the flooring with either carpet or laminate. Is there anything that we can put down to make the floor warmer?

A: Condominiums with parking areas underneath may or may not have insulation on the ceiling of the parking area. Some condos may appear to have heated garages because of central heating pipes from the boilers that run through the garage area. This will tend to keep the floor above warmer.

Once you remove your existing flooring, clean the entire area with the Shell Busey's Home Cleaning Formula and seal with a penetrating water sealer such as Cloverdale Paint's AquaSeal. Apply a product called Delta-FL, following the instructions that are included with the product.

This is a dimpled membrane system that is installed to create a 5/16-inch thick air space above the concrete, and can be covered with a plywood sub-floor and topped off with carpet or a flooring system. Simply lay the Delta FL sheets over the concrete floor (dimples down) over lap adjacent edges and tape the seams, add the plywood layer on top and anchor it to the concrete with concrete screws.

This system also works well for finishing basement floors.