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maam2mykids

02:53PM | 04/18/04
Member Since: 04/17/04
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We have a walk out basement the sliding doors face north. We are replacing those doors with more energy efficient doors. However, that is not the problem. the problem is that the basement has paneled upper walls with concrete bottom walls on all outside walls. The concrete is roughly finished trying to look like stucco. it doesn't hold paint well because of the finish and is very cold. this is nice in the summer but in the winter we cannot even use the room. I was thinking of finishing the concrete part with some kind of insulation and then covering it with burlap. Wanting to know if this is a good idea. a neighbor used somekind of, I want to call it styrofoam blocks in the garage, that has the same kind of finish as our basement. I thought of using adhesive on the styrofoam blocks and then putting the burlap over it. we do not have a moisture problem in this basement. It also has a fireplace and big beams. so putting up new walls will require a lot of work removing beams etc. do not want to do that much work. Thank you for any help you can offer.

k2

06:48AM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Ma'am,

I personally don't like the burlap idea. I would think it would be a fire hazard.

Is the floor concrete as well? If so, would it be possible to build an insulated floor above the concrete floor?

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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maam2mykids

08:31AM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 04/17/04
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Yes floor is concrete. We were going to install carpet. There was some nasty carpet there that we tore out. So we had selected a berber with a thick pad. We have not bought it yet. So when you say insulated floor do you mean heated? or do you mean putting insulation on the concrete and then a subfloor? Thank you for your input.


k2

08:47AM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Ma'am,

The thick pad sounds like a good idea.

Really what I meant was can you put in a new plywood floor ABOVE the concrete--say raised up on 2x4s and insulated below.

I don't have personal experience with doing this, but I've heard it can 'warm up' rooms with concrete floors. I imagine there are considerations--what kind of wood to use, etc. One thing that could be a problem is that it could make for a low 'last step' of the stairway. Of course this is good to avoid--stairs should be pretty much equal height all the way to avoid tripping.

Perhaps one of the flooring gurus will respond with some ideas about the thick carpet pad....such as, should anything be used beneath it.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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devildog

05:31AM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
251 lifetime posts
I saw the same thing at H O M E D E P O T that K2 is talking about. You buy this instaed of making it. It's only about 3/4 inch thick so it's lower profile than a homemade project would be. These are sold in 2X2 foot squares and snap together. It's meant for a concrete basement so there is still airflow. It's plywood sitting on top of hard plastic bubbles. I read somewhere that you can set a pool table on it and it's fine.

I hope I described it sufficiently.

Oh heck, here's the website. That will be easier.

http://www.dricore.com/What.htm

Devildog


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