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Old 09-01-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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Laminate Underlayment Choice in Basement


Hey all,

I am about to install a floating laminate floor in the basement. We have a somewhat odd situation in which there is a slate floor already on top of the concrete. Since it's level I'm going to go right over it to install the laminate flooring.
My question is which of these two would you use in your basement? I like the cost and the height of the first one (not a ton of headroom in the basement so everything matters), but I like the idea of a mold resistant in the second one (just a buzzword these days I'm sure).
Also, would you put a vapor barrier beneath this underlayment or trust its built in barrier?
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Option 1- http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

Option 2- http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

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Old 09-02-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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I just put laminate in my basement, I used option one but I first put down the hard plastic underlay it acts as a moisture barrier and floor will not be so cold and damp in winter. It is a great product and east to lay down. It comes in a large roll and has large dimples in it, not sure of the exact name. But I would put it down if I were you. After you put that down you then put the foam underlay. Hope it works out.

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How about using a floating laminate floor that is specifically engineered for basements?

These laminates are 100% waterproof and mold resistant (inorganic), look just like any other laminate, will not get ruined by typical basement flood, offer thermal and moisture protection and do not need any underlayment.

http://knol.google.com/k/new-basement-flooring-options#
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That guys idea is very good if you want to spend the money. It is a lot more expensive.
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I had really good results using QuietWalk with taped seams. It is not too thick and has a very good built in moisture barrier. Google Quietwalk.com
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Thanks a lot for the responses!

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