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SCIARAMELLA

11:09AM | 09/12/07
Member Since: 09/11/07
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WE ARE LOOKING INTO REFINISHING OUR BASEMENT AND ARE CURIOUS WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL TO USE FOR THE FLOORING. I WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM CARPET INCASE OF MOISTURE ISSUES. WE CURRENTLY HAVE CEMENT AS THE FLOORING NOW BUT OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE A COMPLETELY FINISHED BASEMENT.

MikeWelborn

07:16PM | 11/12/07
Member Since: 10/17/07
7 lifetime posts
We are considering tile, and the laminate wood stuff, in ours.

taz060171

08:16AM | 11/13/07
Member Since: 11/01/07
4 lifetime posts
the way i see it is you have 2 choices.

1==> vinyl. the only problem with that is if there is a moisture problem it WILL bubble even if you use an epoxy to lay it down.

2==> ceramic or stone tile. this would be your best choice if you have concerns of moisture.

ACD

03:12PM | 12/16/07
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
I am in the middle of building my basement out, just about finished with two of the bedrooms. I already have a bath and bedroom complete. What I did was get 2x4 PT and nailed those to the concrete floor, then covered them with 6mil plastic, brought it up along the walls about 6 inches. On top of that I put 5/8" plywood. The finished bedroom is carpeted, the bathroom I use 1X4 PT with two sheets 3/4" which brought it up the within 1/8 of the other floor and laid 12" porcelain tile. For any tile it is recommended to have 1 1/4" of underlayment to prevent tile cracking or grout lines to fail. For the two bedrooms I am working on now I am putting in glueless laminate. I know the carpet will stay dry as I had an outdoor spigot freeze on me last year and made a mess when I used it last spring, but no water got under the carpet, it all went down the wall and under the floor as planned. If the sumps fail and water rises above the pits, as long as it stays below the 2X4's everything should stay dry. We had a slight scare this year with all the heavy rains and the hydraulic pressure actually pushed a sump pit I installed two years ago for the kitchen out of the ground, but the pumps held and water stayed below the slab. there were a couple cracks I saw in the concrete in areas I havent finished yet that got damp, and one section at the other end which is a little lower than the rest had an inch of water, but even with that, I know what ever I have down in the rooms will stay dry.
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