I live in Michigan, where humidity is fairly high. I have a 70 pint dehumidifier that works great. I also have a sump pump and water powered backup sump pump.
I am looking to floor my basement because I am planning on using it has a home theater.
I have done a lot of googling on this topic and have found a lot of varying opinions.
I don't want to add a subfloor because I don't have much headspace to play with. Currently it has a drop ceiling and I am 6'4". I am only a couple inches from the ceiling standing on the unfinished floor.
I have been looking at different carpeting and vinyl options. I am trying to finish around 600 sq ft so price is a concern here. I would like to stay under $1000 and can do installation myself if needed.
I am concerned about moisture not being able to dissipate into the air and instead getting trapped under whatever flooring I put down.
Is it okay to use a padding with carpet? Do they make special padding that allows for air to transfer through it?
Is vinyl going to trap moisture underneath and cause mold?
I don't really like the look of painted/stained concrete so I want to avoid that option.