Basement Flooring Improvement - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-10-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 22
Rewards Points: 10

Basement flooring improvement

Hi all,

I just purchased a home that was built in 1977. The basement is finished, however the floor needs some TLC.

It appears that the floor currently consists of 2 layers of linoleum tile over cement. There are a couple of dips, like the drain pictured below, but for the most part it seems pretty level. There are spots where plumbing fixtures come above the floor, also pictured below. There doesn't seem to be a moisture issue, however it is rather cool down there. Being that I live in a colder climate (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), I'm thinking that my best option would be to build a subfloor, insulate it, and then lay laminate flooring over that.

This room will be used for my home theater setup.

Pictures (pardon the mess, I just moved in a few days ago)

If a subfloor is the way to go, I have some questions:

- Should I simply lay the beams (framing) over the linoleum tiles?
- What size wood should I be using, 2x3, 2x4? 1/2" or 3/4" ply sheets?
- In order to even out the dips, I'm guessing that I'd simply shim those areas?
- What shoud I use to insulate the floor?
- Should I be concerned about anything else?



pure_energy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 10:07 AM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10

Since you recently purchased the house, you should wait some time to be sure you experience any moisture issues despite what the previous homeowner may have told you. Taking up some of the tile in an inconspicous section may be helpful. You may want to check out for a subflooring fact, they are based out of Mississauga, Ontario. Home Depot here in the US carries this produc.


psgstl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
HABSFAN2006's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 158
Rewards Points: 150

I am near montreal, as my username would indicate, so I know what your looking for exactly. I agree with the previous post mentioning you should wait untill next spring, after the thaw if possible to really evaluate moisture, water infiltration if any. Now, drycore might be a good product,
but it comes at a cost. If you have a lot of moisture, this might be the best option. But, if your basement is fairly dry, I would go to Home Depot, and look at their concrete / basement floor options.
i believe they hold Plastifab products, see:

this will usually be covered with 5/8" t&g ply, with tapcons.

I am not sure about regulations of covering a drain / min. required drains below grade.

there are varying opinions on this subject, and the answer to your question depends on the conditions of your basment.
But, this is what I would do, to allow me to insulate & install laminate, or engineered hard wood.
Life is an experience... Learn from it!
HABSFAN2006 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Laminated flooring over basement concrete Woodcutter Flooring 2 10-25-2011 08:55 AM
Basement flooring options.. Tommy2 Flooring 9 02-14-2009 07:06 PM
Flooring for basement with water issues Leoskee Flooring 27 08-27-2008 08:49 PM
Basement Flooring ... njchan Flooring 3 03-19-2008 06:02 PM
Wood flooring in basement DIY4EVER Flooring 9 07-20-2007 01:04 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1