||12-30-2011 09:57 AM
Concrete does not "sweat". A person or animal sweats, because they expel moisture within their body as part of the cooling mechanism used by many vertebrates.
Concrete conducts moisture from the soil beneath the floor upwards into the room when the vapor pressure in the room is lower than the vapor pressure in the soil. This can happen if the soil is saturated, which can generate high vapor pressure, and the room is conditioned.
The normal fix for this problem is to install a vapor barrier beneath the concrete, such as plastic, bentonite panels, or other waterproof material. If this was not done when the slab was installed, it is expensive to install after the fact. Sounds like it was not done in your case. Installing a vapor barrier above the concrete is theoretically possible, but not likely to be very effective (see multiple threads on DryLok and similar products).
My suggestion is to confirm the moisture issue with the moisture meter, which you can rent. This will tell you the moisture content of the concrete. The moisture meter gage will have a standard range of moisture for dry concrete, which is going to be low, since cured concrete has essentially zero free moisture in it unless it is in contact with a water source, which is probably what is happening in your case.
Assuming the concrete is moist, my suggestion is to forget about the laminate, use only moisture resistant materials, which could include certain paints, and possibly vinyl flooring. Live with the moisture, it is not going away on its own.