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Old 03-20-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Does anyone recommend doing a 1" rigid foam then T & G plywood over the slab of a concrete basement floor?

If so, should it be done before or after the framing of the walls?

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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I would not. I know some people do this, but it can make a breeding ground for mold.

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Even if there is a vapor barrier under the foam?

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everywhere you place a fastener in the plywood you will have a hole in your vapor barrier. over time if the moisture attacks the fasteners and they rust there will be nothing holding your plywood down. might take a long time but will still happen.

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You asked this same question in another thread.

I think this putting "foam on the floor and then plywood" idea came from Mike Holmes. Yes it would warm up the basement a bit, but I don't think the juice is worth the squeeze. I think there are other products out there that can accomplish the same level of comfort with less grief.


What kind of flooring do you want in this basement of yours and where do you live?
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Carpet everywhere except in the bathroom where tile will go. I live in Parker Colorado.
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Where I live it is common to just put the carpet and pad directly on the concrete floor. The pad/carpet insulate the basement floors sufficiently enough in our cold climate.
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I have put carpet and pad directly on floors for many years with no problems. Some of the things Mike Holmes does are not accepted by the construction and homes industries.
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The carpet will be fine, but I would put in-floor heat under the tile in the bathroom. Nothing like the feel of a warm tile floor.
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That is the plan so far... Should there be a drain in the basement bathroom floor or is that not necessary?
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Newbie here' sorry i don't have answers for you ccleme11.
But I also have an empty basement shell ....(in CA) and I'd like to finish the concrete floor as inexpensively as possible. Considering a concrete Etching Stain such as Quikrete with a high gloss sealer. My quickie budget for the 1,000 sq ft basement is about $800 or about .80 cents / sq ft. Can anyone suggest a different flooring material that would cost less?
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I'm interested in this discussion too.

For pergo type floors... snap-together... the store sells several levels of underlayment. It ranges from plain plastic sheets to felt type underlayment, to what seems like plastic sheets with tiny bits of foam between them. Since it's snap-together, there will be (hopefully) no punctures. Are there any suggestions for what features to look for?

It's Chicago, so definitely cold floor, but temp isn't really a huge concern, a little insulation would be nice, but it's mainly for protection. With low ceilings going up even 1/2" would be undesirable. Thinnest product reasonable would be preferred.

Any recommendations?
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i've seen cheap laminate for .69 cents a square foot but i wouldn't recommend it. and after you buy the under layment it would be way over .80 cents a sq foot. staining might be your best option or paint.
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I'm interested in this discussion too.

For pergo type floors... snap-together... the store sells several levels of underlayment. It ranges from plain plastic sheets to felt type underlayment, to what seems like plastic sheets with tiny bits of foam between them. Since it's snap-together, there will be (hopefully) no punctures. Are there any suggestions for what features to look for?

It's Chicago, so definitely cold floor, but temp isn't really a huge concern, a little insulation would be nice, but it's mainly for protection. With low ceilings going up even 1/2" would be undesirable. Thinnest product reasonable would be preferred.

Any recommendations?

You don't want to put ANY laminate on a basement floor,the best product there would be full thickness,or engineered bamboo.
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Newbie here' sorry i don't have answers for you ccleme11.
But I also have an empty basement shell ....(in CA) and I'd like to finish the concrete floor as inexpensively as possible. Considering a concrete Etching Stain such as Quikrete with a high gloss sealer. My quickie budget for the 1,000 sq ft basement is about $800 or about .80 cents / sq ft. Can anyone suggest a different flooring material that would cost less?
I would appreciate it if you would make your own Thread as this one is for answers to my questions.

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