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Old 05-19-2011, 02:52 PM   #1
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Currently, the basement has an old tile floor, ontop of the cement foundation, that gets alot of traffic as it's our party room. Some of the tiles are cracked and chipped but most are still in tact. Can I install flooring directly over the tile floor or do I need to remove the old tiles first. I'm thinking of a more decorative tile, wood flooring or even carpet tiles. Some of the products seem very easy to do yourself. Does anyone have any tips for doing this? Or any products I should get that would make the installation go alot smoother?

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Currently, the basement has an old tile floor, ontop of the cement foundation, that gets alot of traffic as it's our party room. Some of the tiles are cracked and chipped but most are still in tact. Can I install flooring directly over the tile floor or do I need to remove the old tiles first. I'm thinking of a more decorative tile, wood flooring or even carpet tiles. Some of the products seem very easy to do yourself. Does anyone have any tips for doing this? Or any products I should get that would make the installation go alot smoother?
You can lay laminate floor in basements. In your case, it can be installed over the tile.
I just completed my basement floor and I used DELTA underlayment ( http://www.basementsolutionsne.com/delta_flooring.html ) and then installed 7mm laminate flooring over top.

Its an easy DYI project and doesn't require any special skills.

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Great advise with the subflooring! I also have a good sized gym in the basement that is framed on two walls, the other two walls is the cement foundation, and there's the cement flooring. If I were to frame out the other two walls, would you lay the subflooring, then frame the walls ontop of the subflooring? Or should the subflooring NOT go under the wall frames. This question also goes for the washer and dryer units. Should I cut the subflooring so it goes around the washer/dryer? Or can they rest ontop of the subflooring? thanks for the help!
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Great advise with the subflooring! I also have a good sized gym in the basement that is framed on two walls, the other two walls is the cement foundation, and there's the cement flooring. If I were to frame out the other two walls, would you lay the subflooring, then frame the walls ontop of the subflooring? Or should the subflooring NOT go under the wall frames. This question also goes for the washer and dryer units. Should I cut the subflooring so it goes around the washer/dryer? Or can they rest ontop of the subflooring? thanks for the help!
The walls go down to the floor and are fastened there.
The subfloor is under the appliances.
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You cannot install flooring directly with a tile over on, removing it first is the best thing to do to get rid of the risk of repeating your flooring plan. You can likewise seek advice on some contractors with regards to your flooring preference it would look best with a touch of an experts.
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If you have vinyl tile, beware... it could contain asbestos. Carpet tile could go over the top of your old vinyl tile. Patch chipped tile with a portland based patching compound (gray) to make floor smooth. Use pressure sensitive adhesive. You can also look for a product called Konnecto. It is a solid vinyl product and available in a wood look or 15x15 ceramic tile look. Konnecto is a floating floor and does not require a lot of preparation or underlayment. Easy to install. Warm with heat gun or hair dryer to make cutting easier.
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Konnecto has a record of failures on basement floors. Use the search feature to read of many of them.
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Rusty you are correct. Most failures were in the tile format series. Failures were due to no vapor barrier being used and no moisture testing done before installation.


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