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Old 03-10-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Best choices for below ground flooring???


Im remodeling my home and Im almost to the point of flooring the lower level. Im leaning towards going with cork. Has anyone come across any issues or anything I should be weary of?? I know the floor isn't exactly level in spots but its like millimeters different so I figured any other type of flooring wouldn't work. Any ideas or help would be appreciated
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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No expert on cork here, but the floor needs to be flat to within 3/16" in 10 ft. and 1/8" in 6 ft. along with the normal requirements.

You'll need to read the directions for the specific item you're considering. You must do the moisture tests specified to a "T".

The method you site to determine how flat the slab is doesn't sound very convincing either way.

So, which specific tile are you considering? Go check the floor using a long straight edge, preferable one that is at least 6 - 8 ft. long. You can use a string with a helper or a laser device made for this purpose.

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I prefer ceramic tile below grade---water happens---and will not damage a properly set ceramic tile floor---anything less is a risk--however small---a risk none the less.
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Im not using any tile except in the bathroom... Im going to use cork flooring... But thanks anyways
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Cork is a nice looking floor----follow Jaz suggestions about moisture levels in the slab--if the floor passes the tests--then you should be safe---
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I simply did a little checking and didn't find a recommendation for cork below grade. If you found one that can go below grade if all the stars align, let us know.

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I was told by someone at a flooring store that cork would be the way to go because of the possibility of the floor not being 100% level....
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Well, he's trying to sell you something. I am not.

But it's not that simple. The floor needs to be flat otherwise it'll look bad. Plus the joints will get off line if the floor isn't within specs, not to mention excess wear at the high spots. Lots of basements are not very flat, many of the walkouts in the last 10 years or so are better than they used to be cuz of the popularity of using ceramics down there. But a cork manufacturer says among other things; Level/Flat - Within 3/16” in 10’ and/or 1/8” in 6’.

I don't know how yours is, you gotta tell us.

You haven't told us which specific tile you want to use. First thing is to be sure it's even recommended for below grade, then you test.

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Ive already said if its unlevel, its millimeters unlevel.. And Ive said more than once I wanna use a cork flooring...
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You should change the thread title.
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Why is that???
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Ive already said if its unlevel, its millimeters unlevel.. And Ive said more than once I wanna use a cork flooring...
Yes you said it's millimeters out of flat. (level doesn't matter). So how many is that? 3 -5 - 87 millimeters? In what span?

You wanna use a cork flooring. OK so why ask for recommendations, go do it. If I were you I wouldn't even bother with following any of the directions either. Cork is very nice, it's softer, flexible, quite and it floats.

Possible new title. Need someone to agree that cork for my basement is a good idea, regardless of conditions or manufacturer's directions. Nahhhhh too long.

Hope it works for you.

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Yeah its 84 millimeters lol... dont reply anymore please
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You're too funny! APA DACA FRAKA!

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