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Old 06-08-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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suggestions for bare-bones, dirt cheap basement floor


as the title says, i'm looking for suggestions for a really bare-bones temporary floor for my basement. this will be for the finished section of my basement that currently is wall-to-wall VAT that is starting to chip and crack in all sorts of places. i'll consider anything including something to paint on, pour on, lay on, so long as it's cheap. will not do fabric, carpet, or wood since it's a basement and i have cats.

my original plan was to hopefully lay down some vinyl tile (Allure-type), paint the walls to get away from the wood panelling, and install recessed warm lighting and remove the florescent fixtures. that ain't gonna happen this year or probably next year.

what is gonna happen, though, is i'm gonna get booted from my office on the main floor for our new resident baby girl, and move my desk and stuff down to the basement. i'd like to not have to sit and work amongst the VAT for long periods of time if i can help it.

my coverage will be for a little over 450 sq-ft. i checked prices of the big rolls of vinyl and am hoping for even cheaper than that. i may get some laughs, but if i could get away for under $200, i would be glad. it's only temporary, right (so i says now...)?

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but if i could get away for under $200, i would be glad. it's only temporary, right (so i says now...)?

thanks for the help.

You are asking for flooring at .45 cent/ft.

Check the flooring outlets for clearance and overstocks. If you see something close, make them an offer, you might be pleasantly surprised!
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how about that deck coating ?
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You might find some rubberback carpet you could loose lay.
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You are asking for flooring at .45 cent/ft.

Check the flooring outlets for clearance and overstocks. If you see something close, make them an offer, you might be pleasantly surprised!
yeah, i know heh. cheap and temp are my goals.
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how about that deck coating ?
not sure what deck coating is? maybe something like a garage or concrete paint or epoxy? i'm thinking real hard about that but i need to wade through reviews. if i could seal the tiles that'd be great, but i have a feeling it wouldn't last long unless i filled the chips and cracks.

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You might find some rubberback carpet you could loose lay.
i had some cheap rugs down there until my cats went to town on them. thinking about rubber mats for traffic areas. easy cleanup at least.
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The VAT isn't going to hurt you. You might be seriously surprised at what a gallon of sudsy ammonia ($5), and a quart of commercial floor wax ($15) combined with some serious elbow grease would accomplish.

Second option would be to buy some flooring underlayment, dry lay it, no attachment and then stain or paint it to make kitty spray easy to clean.

Do keep in mind that your short term actions must be compatible with your long range plans. Example: painting the floor you plan to tile would be way stupid and not compatible.
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not sure what deck coating is? maybe something like a garage or concrete paint or epoxy? i'm thinking real hard about that but i need to wade through reviews. if i could seal the tiles that'd be great, but i have a feeling it wouldn't last long unless i filled the chips and cracks.


this stuff is crap for decks. but for your inside floor, i bet it would last a long time.
https://www.google.com/search?q=deck...store&tbm=shop
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Hoping to get something under $ 200 is a pretty luck base task. You can contact the nearby hardware stores or try to look in stores that are holding clearance sale, there the chances of getting vinyl roll under or close to $200 is still high.
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going to help a contractor friend of mine put in a window today. maybe he'll know of someone getting rid of something. here's hoping!
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maybe you could put in some hrs with your contractor friend, earn a few hundred dollars to help with your flooring cost.
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I'd probably just go with Peel&Stick cuz you can do it yourself on a weekend. You could fill any chips in the VA tile floors with a cement based floor patch first.

Then, in future, you could use an electric floor stripper and a garden sprayer full of water to remove both layers of tile off the concrete floor. (Stripping the floor wet keeps the dust down, and the asbestos out of your lungs.)
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No way would I ever suggest anyone use peel and stick for anything!!!!!!!!!!!
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No way would I ever suggest anyone use peel and stick for anything!!!!!!!!!!!
Nor would I, Joe.
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I'd probably just go with Peel&Stick cuz you can do it yourself on a weekend.
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Nor would I, Joe.
now i'm confused haa!

seriously, i think maybe leaving it mostly as-is may be my best solution until it's time to do the floor right. looks like something new is gonna cost me one way or another. might as well save that money/time for the real deal floor.

maybe i'll just patch the cracks as necessary, lay down cheap mats as needed and live with it.
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