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The Best Concrete Floor Paint for Basements

The Best Concrete Floor Paint for Basements


Basements are often used for storage and can be prone to moisture damage if not properly protected. Painting your concrete basement floor with high-quality paint can help protect it from moisture and give it a finished appearance.

When choosing paint for your basement floor, be sure to select one specifically designed for concrete. Many paints will claim to be suitable for both concrete and wood surfaces, but they may not stand up to the wear and tear that a basement floor can receive.

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The Recent Concrete Floor Trend

Basements are a great way to venture into the world of concrete flooring. It is the best flooring option for those on a budget who want a beautiful finish without breaking the bank. You can achieve almost any look you want with concrete, whether it is a rustic, industrial feel or a more polished look. For more information on how to apply concrete paint, take a look at DRYLOK’s application guides and other technical resources.

It is also one of the most durable flooring options, making it ideal for high-traffic areas and homes with pets. Of all the options available to you, painting your concrete floor is the easiest way to provide instant beauty, protection and added value to your home at an affordable price. 

Aspects of a Great Concrete Floor Paint

Concrete paints and coatings are frequently made with elastomeric compounds to meet the demands of expansion, contraction and the often harsh environments associated with concrete applications. The finest concrete paints must also deal with coverage problems on porous concrete surfaces and withstand substantial foot or vehicle traffic, so it’s a competitive category that requires strong paint.

Paint and Primer Combo

Eliminating the application of multiple coats of paint saves time, money, and frustration. Most paints will require a primer and then two coats of paint for optimal results, however; the best concrete floor paints will combine the finished paint with a primer, removing one step from the process. In addition, the primer should be specially formulated for concrete, which means the paint will adhere better and last longer than other formulas.


Finished concrete in the basement is typically very smooth and presents a slip hazard if painted with a high sheen finish. The best concrete paints will be flat and offer a non-slip, and/​or textured finish. In addition to basement floors, this type of paint is ideal for high-traffic areas, such as around pools, stairs or garage floors where vehicles are parked.


We live in a world of options, and top-quality basement floor paint should be available in more than just gray or white. Look for paint that can be tinted to the color of your choice — this will allow you to customize the look of your basement and make it truly your own.

The Best Concrete Floor Paint for Basements

DRYLOK® Latex Concrete Floor Paint is a one-step paint and primer scientifically developed to preserve and decorate masonry floors. The beautiful, flat, non-slip formula works on both new and previously painted surfaces and comes in 16 vibrant hues. It cleans up with soap and water and can be applied with a brush or roller.

Considerations Prior to Painting a Concrete Floor

Before applying the paint, be sure to properly prepare the surface. Any cracks or chips in the concrete should be repaired, and the floor should be cleaned before painting. If you are going over an existing paint job, be sure to remove any loose or flaking paint before proceeding.

Remove Efflorescence


DRYLOK® Powder Concrete and Masonry Etch & Cleaner removes unsightly efflorescence, as well as extra masonry. It’s a safer alternative to muriatic acid, and it isn’t activated until you add water. It’s a great option for prepping smooth concrete floors before painting.

Etching is the process of cleaning and abrading concrete to allow better penetration of sealers and stains. It is also a key step when aiming for the most optimal paint adhesion. The best way to etch concrete is with a chemical cleaner that breaks down the surface without damaging the integrity of the concrete itself.

Fill Any Cracks in the Concrete


DRYLOK® Masonry Crack Filler is an advanced crack and joint repair solution for masonry surfaces. It seals, waterproofs and repairs cracks and masonry joints in concrete walkways, walls, stairwells and floors. It dries to the color of concrete and won’t bleed.

Consider Textural Additions if Too Smooth


Even though our concrete floor paint has a non-slip surface, there may be reasons you need additional traction. In that case, consider DRYLOK® Non-Skid Texture Additive. It’s a traction-enhancing, slip-resistant finish that also helps avoid falls, mishaps and injuries. The paint’s drying characteristics will not be altered by its use.

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Create the Best Basement Floor Aesthetic with DRYLOK Concrete Floor Paint

If you’re looking for the best concrete floor paint for your basement, look no further than DRYLOK. With various colors to choose from and a non-slip finish, you can customize your basement to be truly unique. 

In addition, our products are designed to protect and decorate masonry surfaces, so you know your basement will look great for years to come. For more information on our products, or to find a retailer near you, visit our website today.