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Old 01-12-2009, 07:49 PM   #1
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Ceramic or Laminate Flooring?


I am in the process of finishing my basement and would like to install laminate flooring instead of ceramic tiles. Just don't like that cold floor. I know that there is floor radiant heating, but that would bring my electric bill sky rocket. I know that if there would be a flood, the laminate would probably be ruin. I am looking for suggestions on you guys that have installed both of these products. Come on Moderator, I want to hear from you toooooo, lol.

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First, I assume you have tested the floor to make sure adding a fllor material is doable??? Tape a 1' square piece of plastic or aluminum foil to the floor, seal all sides. After a few days, check underneath, wet, don't put down flooring, you have hydrostatic water pressure. Damp, use care in selecting floor materials. Dry, you can put down anything you like. As for ceramic, that will definitely not be any warmer than concrete. How about a tough commercial grade carpet?? That is always warm under foot.

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:20 AM   #3
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Will do my testing, and Thanks. I would luv the carpet, less work for me, lol, but wife hates rugs. I have hardwood floors throughout the entire house, except the bathroom.

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there is heat for under lam flooring that is energy efficient. Take a look online and you will find many. However you will be drying the floor out and will need to replace it with humidity.
If you are purchasing for flood only, then ceramic is your other best choice however the floor will need to be dang near perfect for that install.
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Was waiting for your reply, Thanks. So you are saying that for laminate the floor doesn't have to be as perfect as for tiles?
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That's correct. Laminate will deal with SOME subfloor irregularity up to some point. Tile does not allow for ANY!
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Thanks Floorwizard, one more question. Would you recommend lamiante floor in a basement?
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Floorwizard, if he puts down 1" extruded foam board and then 5/8" tongue and groove plywood, wouldn't that help keep their feet warm with tile or laminate? That is, if there isn't any moisture when he does the test Just Bill talked about.
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I have no clue about the foam board, I have never done that.

Yes it is good to put lam in a basement as long as it passes the moisture test and you use 6 mil poly first.
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Thanks! Thanks Just Bill, will be doing the testing tonight, and leave it for a few days, how many days?
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Usually a test will be for 24 hours according to the instructions.
If you take plastic and tape all 4 sides down to prevent air from coming in or leaving, then you will see in 24 hours or so.
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Okay, its been 24 hrs and don't see any moisture, I will give it another 24 hrs to see. Thanks
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it seems as if it has been less than 24 by your last post, but it's good to let it continue to see for sure.

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