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Old 06-19-2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Wood flooring in basement


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I am planningon installing some sort of wood flooring product in a small section of my basement. The area is about 8' x 8'. I am leaning towrds a laminate product or maybe cork flooring.

Does anyone have experience laying wood floors in basements?
I know that the surface of the floor must be fairly level, but are there any other things to think about? Moisture barrier? Foam padding?

I have doen som eresearch and know that cork flooring is a bit more resilient and less liekly to grow mold. Has anyone worked with cork flooring?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Old 06-19-2007, 10:18 AM   #2
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You definitely need a moisture barrier. Most laminate have pads available with a moisture barrier built in. Cork has always been too soft for my taste. it's easy to damage.

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I think just moisture barrier itself is too little ... I would do products similar to dricore except for cheaper... expecially you are doing wood ... laminate is the only choice unless use do wood platform... because you cannot nail onto concrete.
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I disagree with cork being easy to damage. I put it in my office, and it's much more resiliant the hardwood oak we have in the rest of the house. Drop something like a stapler on the oak floors and it'll make a dent. Drop it on the cork, and there's no mark because the cork is soft enough to absorb the blow.

Installing it was no different than installing other click lock floors. It's expensive though (I paid $6/sf for a figured cork laminate), so make sure you've got a dry basement, and then use the proper underlayment. Saving $50 on underlayment will be worthless if it shortens the life of your $2000 worth of cork on top.
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Kahrs makes a hardwood with a pine backing that installs like laminate but can be refinished like hardwood. It's speced for below grade even on concrete. It's sold with it's own pad. Shaw is coming out with a product called Epic which also has a hardwood surface and can be glued stapled or floated. It has a laminate core made out of a new material that has much greater moisture resistance.
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Wood, cork, or lam can be correctly installed in such an installation.

Cork is warm and easily scratches but is very resilient to dents.
Lam is cheaper and more impact resistant, but not valuable.

Wood is wood. Good stuff and valuable.

Buy what you like...
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There's some really nice looking fibreglass/vinyl flooring available that closely resembles hardwood, slate, tile etc.. It's made by Tarkett and is suitable for basements as well as easy to install for a "talented DIY". I've installed a number of these floors and I think they're great on concrete basement floors. It's a dry lay which means no adhesive needed and if there ever was a leak in the basement, it's virtually impervious to water and can be removed if necessary. Armstrong has this product as well.
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I've installed 3/4 hardwood, finished and prefinished over concrete. you can use karnak glue, the shoot 3/4 ply, 1 1/2 studs into your slab. then use 1 1/2 cleats with 3/4 hardwood. you're good to go!
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after a bit more thinking I wanted to ask about the best way to make sure the area is completely level. In the one corner the floor starts to slope towards teh sump pit which is about 2 feet from this corner. What would be the best way to get this corner level with teh rest of the floor?
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after a bit more thinking I wanted to ask about the best way to make sure the area is completely level. In the one corner the floor starts to slope towards the sump pit which is about 2 feet from this corner (in an enclosed mechanical areaa). What would be the best way to get this corner level with the rest of the floor?

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