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Old 04-24-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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Thermaldry tiles vs. Cork


Has anyone used the thermal dry tiles for sweating basement floors?
It looks like cork needs a vapor barrier under it and is costly.
I have a box of Konecto, but wouldn't it seal the moisture in and eventually mildew.
My floor is not wet with nothing on it.
I have to make a decision soon. I am thinking of getting a professional concrete person in to etch and paint the un-even concrete floors in a pretty pattern. If they seal it with paint, will it still sweat?
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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Has anyone used the thermal dry tiles for sweating basement floors?
It looks like cork needs a vapor barrier under it and is costly.
I have a box of Konecto, but wouldn't it seal the moisture in and eventually mildew.
My floor is not wet with nothing on it.
I have to make a decision soon. I am thinking of getting a professional concrete person in to etch and paint the un-even concrete floors in a pretty pattern. If they seal it with paint, will it still sweat?
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Hi again Shimga,

I haven't used thermal dry tiles so I can't comment on them. What I can say for certain is if you're considering Konecto, be sure you do a couple things; we don't carry it anymore because it's sold as a DIY floor but there are a couple issues that can result in failure because of the adhesive strip.

The first is that if your concrete gets below 65 degrees the adhesive can let go, doesn't like a cold floor.

Second, if you install this floor and temperature is not an issue, RENT A 100 LBS ROLLER. It's right in the instructions but no one ever does it. If you don't roll the floor after installation you won't get the appropriate bond.

If you do these things it shouldn't be a problem. But keep in mind that this type of floor covering does nothing for warmth of comfort, it's glorified vinyl tile with a self adhering strip.

Cork, while costly, will generally provide you with more warmth and comfort than any other hard surface. The sweating may be an issue though as, you're correct, it does require a vapour barrier and that vapour barrier should go three inches up the walls.

Hope that info helps.

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Hi Shigma,

Did a bit of research on the Thermal dry tile you're talking about. Without having seen them in action I can't say anything concrete about them except to suggest that the concept is sound and that they seem like a good idea.

If you can, see if you're able to speak to anyone who has had experience with them. Someone who's seen the product in action may be in a better position to provide advice.

Good luck with your project!
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