Originally Posted by VaViaCo
Tile need a porous substrate, like unseal concrete.
Etching the surface with muratic acid should be fine.
The smell of that stuff is lethal, be sure to ventilate.
If you're not sure, stick a scrap piece of tile in an obscure corner, give it a day to set up, and see if it's stuck.
I've seen tile over linoleum that we had to break up with a chipping hammer, mainly because the grout had it locked in, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
Some of the laminate woods come out looking real nice.
Saw one recently but don't recall the brand (useless info, sorry).
Ventilating shouldn't be a problem, I have 3-4 pretty good size windows I could open. Problem is we are getting into Summer, so if it gets too hot, I don't want to go without a/c too long. Wonder how long it would take to suck th fumes out of the basement....
I agree some of the laminate floorings do come out looking real nice, but those tend to get very pricey and I'm not ready to spend a bunch on a floor for a basement. I am hoping to stay around $1-2 per square foot for materials. I may be way off base there when the time comes to actually do this, but that's my current budget plans. I just figure if I can do that and the floor gets ruined and needs replacing in a 5-10-15 yrs, no big deal....
One thing I'm running through my head is pine tounge and groove porch flooring. I used this for my previous house in an addition and it turned out fairly well. I wanted to try to match the old floors in the rest of the house and it fit the bill. That was over plywood, over joists.
This would be over cement and my understanding is you don't want to apply untreated lumber directly to cement. I'm not sure how well glueing the boards down would do in terms of staying put and lasting. I don't really want to build up the floor, but I'm thinking maybe 3/4" more wouldn't matter. I could take 3/4" treated furring strips and glue & screw them to the cement floor, then maybe glue down some 3/4" rigid foam and attach the strips over that with nails and glue. Would that work or be too spongy? It would give me a flooring that matches a lot of the rest of the house.....