05:41PM | 02/03/10
Member Since: 02/02/10
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Our basement floor (~1500 sq ft and several rooms) has tile over the cement floor. We want to

a) insulate the floor as it is brutally cold

b) install an engineered floor product (prefer to glue down)

c) not lose more than 1 1/2" (incl. the 1/2" flooring product)

While I'd like to remove the tile, we've tried before and it is far too difficult! The tile is in good condition, although each room has a different tile installed but the elevation is fairly even. So, whatever we do, it will be on top of the tile.

I've thought about DriCore and then glue down the floor, but would love to hear suggestions from those 'in the know'.


06:57AM | 04/05/10
Member Since: 06/14/09
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First off you didn't state what kind of tile ? ceramic or vinyl tiles? Any cracks at all in old flooring?Good luck finding a product that is ok'd to be installed below grade,almost all manufacturers don't recommend doing so,because of the flucuation with moisture when your area is below grade.That is why most opt for carpet & pad ,insulates the floor and helps moderate the temp./they even have padding with arm & hammer to prevent mildew .If you decide on a hard surface,most always require a clean, sound,floor-so tear up might be needed,check all the manufacturers,requirements/suggestions first-good luck!


07:43AM | 04/05/10
Member Since: 02/02/10
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It is good quality Italian ceramic tile, and no cracks and no humidity. Tearing up is simply not an option as it would leave plenty of thinset to need to scrape off - plus, the floor is in good condition, just cold.

Would still love to hear suggestions from anyone about how to best put wood floor down on the tile


03:52PM | 04/12/10
Member Since: 06/14/09
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You have 2 options in my opinion.# 1- would be to skim patch and float over the ceramic with a product like 'ardex or 'mapei for over concrete,or possibly vinyl crete.You would be takin out the ''highs and lows and filling in voids ONLY.Than [per manufacturer's ok on paperwork w/product] installing a vapor barrier and laminate. #2 is you would have to install lock together subfloor and than your [engineered wood] nailed or glued over that.I don't see much lee way-the problem is making a call on ''what your installing/i have glued down wood 4 maybe 5times ever and it was a bear! popeye arms for sure-good luck either way.
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