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Old 06-23-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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I am going out of my mind trying to figure out what to put in my daylight basement. I want something that is the most moisture resistant. A contractor recommended DuraCeramic but I have been looking at other people's posts and am having misgivings. Supposedly you can install it without grout and have the tiles butt up against each other. I was thinking this might make it easier for water to go between the cracks and wreck it. I suppose they seal it with something. But I HATE GROUT! Should I go with something else? I've looked at just about everything else and get conflicting opinions about everything. I am also concerned about VOCs.

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Old 06-24-2010, 06:56 AM   #2
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What do you mean by moisture resistant? Are you having water issues in the slab or are you concerned about water getting to the slab from above?

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:22 PM   #3
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I'm concerned about water from above. There is a lot going on in the bathroom that shares a wall with the area to have new floor; a shower, sink, toilet, washing machine and air conditioner that leaks when it works too hard. That is where we had a water line break and flooded the lower story of our house and is why we need new floor. I suppose I need to worry about water from the side. Seeing as how it is possible for such things to happen I thought I should be practical and get whatever is the most water resistant.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:45 PM   #4
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I promise you that if water is your concern, Duraceramic is not the solution. That's some pretty bad advice. You should probably stay away from that contractor.
Duraceramic can be installed one of two ways. One way is with their proprietary grout and the other is with no grout but those seams must be sealed with their proprietary sealer.

In either case, an abundance of water will wreck the installation pretty quick.

There are three things you can do.
1.) Install ceramic tile and use the smallest grout lines possible with the tile you select.
2.) Install a commercial sheet vinyl with welded seams and a coved perimeter.
3.) Acid etch the concrete then install an acid stain and outdoor sealer.

However, if rising moisture from below is present number 2 and number 3 wouldn't be the answer. Moisture in basement slabs is usually the rule and not the exception but you may not know it is there because it is constantly evaporating.
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I've been reading that the engineered hardwood is good.
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I've been reading that the engineered hardwood is good.
In a high-humidity moisture-rich basement environment with a propensity for flooding??? Are ya kiddin' me?

Where in the world did you read that nonsense?
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If you hate grout because it get dirty and stays dirty ---There is a solution to that!

Epoxy grout, Highly stain resistant and easy to keep looking good.

Adds a bit to the installation ---but well worth it.----Mike---
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You might want to look into products like Flexitec as well. If you loose lay this sheet good (which I don't like to do but it is quite possible) then any moisture problems are a matter of peeling the edge up to let the slab dry and then laying it right back down. Water shouldn't hurt the Flexitec at all.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I will look into those things.

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