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Old 12-30-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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floor transitions from over dirt to over basement


Sorry if this has been asked before, I couldn't think of a good way to search for it...

The main family room upstairs is partially on a concrete slab over dirt (and fairly expansive soil at that), partially on a wooden floor over the basement, with a concrete foundation wall at the transition point.

Right now the room is carpeted. It's fairly obvious where the transition happens, as the foundation wall is the highest point, and the floor can flex a little over the basement. We're not big fans of carpet so I'm exploring my options. Since this floor is in an area where it's a pathway from the kitchen to the dining room and is also the way out to the backyard, so I'm hesitant to use an engineered/laminated wood due to moisture issues, but tile seems impractical with the transition over the basement wall and the flex. It seems that the only solution would be a true hardwood floor, but that is pricey.

Anyone else see a different solution?
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Got a picture?
Any vapor barrier on the ground where the crawl space is?
Have you addressed how this moisture is getting in?
Engineered flooring installed as a floating floor might hold up better then nailed down solid wood in your case.
Transition strip where the two different areas meet is one idea.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
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It's actually a finished basement as a living space, not a crawlspace. There's no practical way to take a picture as the room is still carpeted and it's not obvious from looking at it that there's a transition.

At this point I'm just doing my research. The costs are high enough to change the flooring that we're in no hurry.
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