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Old 01-15-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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I am turning a ground level garage into living space. It has a concrete slab with a 1 foot still on three sides. The floor isn't exactly perfect (it has approximately a 1 inch variation throughout). I was planning on putting down a 6 mil vapor barrier even though I have never had any water problems in the garage then installing a very thick pad or wool padding then carpet. I have a few questions; 1. Will the floor be too cold considering my heat comes from the ceiling? 2. Will the floor's seem uneven still? 3. How far up the wall where the sill is located do i put the barrier and do i have to seal it or just staple it to the wall sitting on the sill? Am I just being too cheap or do I need to install a subfloor before any other flooring goes down?*Thanks

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I would skip the vapor barrier. It will just promote mold growth. I have installed a few thousand yards of carpet in garage to room conversions with no problems. The carpet will allow the concrete to breathe.

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If the floors not flat then the carpets not going to be.
If you want the floor to be warmer then you'll need to add sleepers and foam insulation in between the joist.
Got a permit for any of this work? The countys going to want to know about it.
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I would skip the vapor barrier. It will just promote mold growth. I have installed a few thousand yards of carpet in garage to room conversions with no problems. The carpet will allow the concrete to breathe.
What type of padding would you suggest?
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There are pads that resist mold and moisture. Ask your dealer what they have.
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There are pads that resist mold and moisture. Ask your dealer what they have.
Thank you, last question...I was told by a friend on the west coast that his garage floor was not level but put down carpeting and it's not noticeable at all with the thick pad. Is that your experience too?
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Thank you, last question...I was told by a friend on the west coast that his garage floor was not level but put down carpeting and it's not noticeable at all with the thick pad. Is that your experience too?
If it's not too uneven, it will be fine.

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