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Old 03-19-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Is it necessary to level a concrete floor with a slope of 1" / 13.5 feet ?


our garage/basement floor has a really good finish,no dips or bumps and is sloped 1 inch every 13.5 feet. the basement/garage is 54 ft by 26 feet. The slope is 4 inches over the 54 ft length of the home. I am finishing the basement/garage into an in-law apartment the first 34 by 26 feet. Is it necessary to level the floor with such a minimal slope? No room will have more than a 1 inch slope over a 13 ft width. We will be using Laminate flooring and carpeting in various rooms.


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Old 03-19-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Is it necessary to level a concrete floor with a slope of 1" / 13.5 feet ?


Not worth the extra time for little a slope.
How dry is this basement?
Both laminite and carpet can be a real problum with even a damp basement.
Most laiminites are not even rated for below grade installs, read the box or go on line and check it out before buying.

Engineered flooring may be a better choise?
Has anyone done a moisture test yet on this floor?

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Not worth the extra time for little a slope.
How dry is this basement?
Both laminite and carpet can be a real problum with even a damp basement.
Most laiminites are not even rated for below grade installs, read the box or go on line and check it out before buying.

Engineered flooring may be a better choise?
Has anyone done a moisture test yet on this floor?
No moisture test yet. the home is high and dry but we will test it. We will buy laminate for below grade install, use a moisture barrier etc.

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Is it necessary to level a concrete floor with a slope of 1" / 13.5 feet ?


I am in process of finishing a basement which is built into a steep hill. It had water issues in remote past and french drains put in by previous owner so I was concerned about the possibility of problems with dampness and flooring. I talked to 3-4 flooring places about what to use and they were very consistent is recommending a laminate floating floor.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info canoes. We got the same recommendation on laminate. As far as carpeting, they say to put down a moisture barrier that is also a pad. Lowes has it.

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