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Old 05-18-2014, 06:59 PM   #1
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I want to install laminate flooring in my basement. I was wondering, how thick is laminate flooring? I did some plumbing and Im not sure what my finish will be with the thickness of the laminate floor.

Also, i want to put some kind of underlayment on the laminate flooring, what is this underlayment called? Does this underlayment have some insulating factors? I want to have some kind of insulation under the flooring.

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Most laminates are 7 mm to 12 mm thick so roughly a 1/4" give or take. Some have an underlayment attached others, require a separate underlayment to allow the floor to float.
I don't think there is much of an insulating factor with underlayment. Your biggest issue is having a moisture barrier between the concrete and the flooring. If you don't address that, your flooring will wick the moisture and crumble.

Hopefully, others come along with more suggestions.

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Engineered flooring will have a better chance of survival in a basement.
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Laminated flooring is best to survive for years.
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Moisture migration is always a potential problem with basement flooring (even SOG sometimes).

First, evaluate as best as possible, your potential for moisture migration, through different climatic conditions, condition of your homes grading, type of soils, what you have encountered over time.

You can tape some clear 6 mill film to the floor and watch for moisture migration, check humidity levels, etc.

Then, basically you can not block successfully,.... you would like to provide an escape/ventilating option.... If you can't frame a subfloor....

There are some underlayments (I call them bubble-wrap) that actually provide a minor/miniscule ventilation out to your baseboards.

If it is a click/lock, that will allow migration escape through the click lock joints.

And your product quality will vary significantly.... some is almost cardboard (not really) that will deteriorate very quickly with moisture... others are more water resistant.

These are just general ideas.... I have very limited experience in below grade installs... (generally, I won't due them).

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Laminated flooring is best to survive for years.
How can you even suggest that? Laminate has a particle board core. Moisture will destroy it. Engineered has either an MDF or plywood core. Both stand up to moisture better than particle board.
I have installed flooring since 1973. I have removed a ton of laminate that was destroyed by moisture as small as someone cleaning it with a Swiffer.
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I also agree that Laminate flooring is not something you want to put in an area that may get damp and humid! It does not like any moisture at all!
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Laminate Flooring is the best solution for this.I strongly recommend that.
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Laminate Flooring is the best solution for this.I strongly recommend that.
Laminate falls apart with moisture.
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Someone with 450 postings advising laminate around moisture? yow!
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NEW water resistant laminate PRODUCTS GUYS..... or vinyl tile that goes together and looks like laminate/eng wood.....

http://homerenovations.about.com/od/...ofLaminate.htm
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NEW water resistant laminate PRODUCTS GUYS..... or vinyl tile that goes together and looks like laminate/eng wood.....

http://homerenovations.about.com/od/...ofLaminate.htm
Where to buy in the US?

http://www.aquastep.be/en/
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i bought some $1.50 sf water resistant laminate for my temp kitchen floor. we have had a few small spills, and its just fine.

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