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Bigin429 01-14-2013 08:36 PM

Basement Flooring options
Hello Everyone,
I'm at the point in my basement finishing, that I need to decide on flooring. We live in central PA. Last 2 Septembers with the big storms, we had no water at all in the basement. Did the "tape the plastic to the wall trick" and no moisture even in the dead of summer. Floor is level on the sides with a drain in the middle, the difference in height from the edge of the wall to the middle of the room (drain) is a 1/2 inch.

What flooring is the best. We want a wood look. I have looked at the Laminate and the Resiliant Vinyl Clic Flooring. What would be my best option? Subfloor needed for Laminate? Vapor Barrier for either type of flooring? Is either better for the slope? Should I level it first, I would prefer not to level it.

Thanks for your time, and answers.
Newbie doing it for the first time.


federer 01-14-2013 09:10 PM

what do you mean by tape plastic to the wall?

DannyT 01-14-2013 09:25 PM

tape the plastic to the floor.what do you plan on doing with the drain? the water in the trap if it has one will evaporate and if it is hooked to the sanitary sewer you will get sewer gas coming in.

BNTHERE 01-14-2013 09:36 PM

First - Drain.leave it open, find a way around it, do not close it.
Agree that you didnt have any leaks but you dont want to take that risk.

Try Platon for underlayment for Laminate. Google it and you can get a lot of info
Do not spend lots of money on basement flooring unless you are going for a well built underlayment with enough drainage.

Awoodfloorguy 01-15-2013 09:29 AM

I would say that your options for flooring are; tile, laminate, engineered hardwood, vinyl, or you could even acid stain the concrete. I agree with the other guy, make sure you don't cover the drain. I have a dry basement and put an engineered wood floor down there about 2 months later my drain backed up and ruined it. Luckily, I put thresholds in each doorway in case something like this ever happened, so I only needed to replace a hallway and still had enough leftover to do it. Now I make sure I have my main line snaked every 4-6 months even if it's not clogged to be sure it doesn't back up again.

Bigin429 01-16-2013 08:18 PM

Ok thanks everyone
The slope is about 1 1/2 inches starting about 70 inches from the drain. For any type of click flooring I probably should level the floor correct? I would prefer not to, any way around it?

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