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Old 03-20-2013, 04:22 PM   #16
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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.

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I would appreciate it if you would make your own Thread as this one is for answers to my questions.

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Old 03-20-2013, 04:26 PM   #17
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My apologies ccleme11; i didn't know you owned this thread.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #18
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I don't... but no one likes getting email after email about something they have no interest in...
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:00 PM   #19
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Then with all due respect you might want to change your profile settings; if I'm not mistaken this is a public forum and all are welcome to post regardless of who started the thread.
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I'm in Colorado too and I'm going with carpet right on the concrete in the basement , engineered hardwood on Platon in another part of the basement and tile on concrete in the bathroom and laundry. seems a lot overkill to put down insulation then subfloor just for carpet.

I'd say if you were going with solid hardwood that is the way that I'd go.
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I just don't want it to be too cold on the bare feet..
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Well is your concrete cold now? Mine is suprisingly exactly what I want it to be. Nice and cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

My buddy lives out in E470 and Gartrell and has a walk out basement. His floor is pretty cold in the winter. Mine is not a walkout though. It is all below grade. When I excavated for the bathroom drain the ground under the slab was nice and warm. that was over this winter.
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Yes mine is very cold now. It is below grade as well. That is why I was wondering if I needed to insulate it under the carpet.
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Well I'm no flooring expert thats for sure. If its cold then I'd say yeah you should probably make it less cold before you spend money to finish it.

What about heating? Do you have a cold air return in your basement? Cold air will settle on the floor and remain there if it isn't forced to circulate. feel your bare concrete walls in the middle then up near grade. Are they cold too?
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Good points Brock. I would grab some old underlay and a carpet remnant from somewhere, put it down on the cold concrete floor and see if it is cold on the feet. I am pretty sure you will be just fine with the underlay and carpet.
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I do have a cold air return in the basement... also, there is this 1" insulation all over the walls. should i leave it up or do i need to take it down to inspect the foundation walls?
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can you step back about 15' and take another picture?
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The bathroom will be in the corner. Im thinking about putting a bedroom where the window is.
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