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Does anyone have any recommendations for flooring that would work well in a basement art studio? The current floor is sheet lenolium over concrete (very good condition, no texture). I'm thinking a floating laminate, but my stained glass projects leave nearly invisible pieces of glass all over the place. Also, I drop x-acto knives, other sharp objects and paint a lot, and I'm concerned about debris getting in the floor seams. Would sheet lenolium be better? Can sheet lenolium be put over old sheet lenolium on a basement floor? It's a humid area but the dehumidifier keeps up pretty well.
 

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Ceramic tile is a natural choice in a basement----very hard to damage or scratch,can tolerate a humid environment-----

About sheet vinyl-Yes it can be installed over the top of existing ---if the original is well adhered to the flood and is not heavily embossed.---Mike---

P.S.---There is a link to a fine craft forum at the bottom of the page--I know you will be welcomed there and make some new friends.---Mike-----
 

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Thank you! I did put tile in the adjacent hallway down there and would love tile in the art room too but it's very cold and tile seems like it would make everything feel colder. Regarding the sheet lenolium installed over the existing floor, would I need to get anything special because of the dampness (e.g.: special glue)?
 

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Probably not---I am a tile guy--There is a member named Rusty Baker and a couple of others that should be able to give you a better answer----You may need to wait till they get home from work,however.--Mike---
 

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Consider getting that linoleum off and using floating, plastic basement flooring tiles, installed straight against the concrete slab instead.

According to the US Department on Energy, the moisture from the slab should be allowed to dry into the basement.

The existing linoleum is trapping the moisture underneath it, which might cause problems in the long run.

Basement flooring tiles and laminates are specifically engineered for basements, so they are waterproof and address moisture by allowing air to circulate under the finished surface to dry out the slab, while at the same time acting as a vapor barrier, preventing the water from evaporating

The seams in these tiles are pretty tight but if something does fall through, since they are floating and interlocking tiles, you can remove a couple, retrieve objects, clean up and put them back, without disturbing any of the remaining tiles.

Additional advantage is that they offer some level of thermal protection. The surface of the tile is always around 10 degrees warmer than the slab.
 

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Ack.

Thanks, CyFree...I like your idea for the floating basement flooring directly on the conceret. It makes perfect sense, but I'm a little concerned about getting the current lenolium up. Whatever glue was used is very sticky and stretchy. Just getting the shoe molding off was ridiculous because the glue that had oozed out from under the floor at the edges adhered like crazy to it. It's almost like thick rubber cement, only it's got to be at least 40 years old, I'd guess. Go figure.

This is a wonderful resource! Thank you!!:no:
 

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cork?

Price isn't as important as low-maintenance and longevity considering the materials that will spill all over it. Cork flooring isn't something I'd thought about, but it sounds very comfortable to stand on for long periods of time, which would be perfect. Could it be installed directly over the linoleum? Can it be cleaned easily if, say, acrylic paint or ink spills or is it absorbent like the cork on a cork board?
 

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I had cork flooring in my previous basement; much more comfortable than concrete or tile. It is much more durable than a cork board (it is sealed), but don't think it would be easy to remove paint from, broken glass, and dropped knives.

It is a very resilient and comfortable product; available in rolled or as boards in a floating floor application (like laminate).

I'd recommend protecting your floor with something else OR use acid stained concrete. Even ceramic (at least the grout) will stain with spilled paint, and glass chips / dropped knives will damage any resilient flooring, including cork.
 

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Thank you

I greatly appreciate your input! Looks like I need to do some more research to find the best option. This is the best site with the most helpful people. :no:
 

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Aw,You are going to make us blush.----
 

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40 years old...probably has asbestos in the backing so removal will be expensive. Acrylic paint will freshen it up. Paint in stages though. Mix weldbond glue and water about 1:5 and paint a section. When tacky use your acrylic paint with some weldbond in it (5:1). Just make sure the sheet vinyl is free of wax etc. strip it and test with iodine. If it stains there is no wax.

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acrylic paint

Thank you! It's funny you should mention that because I ended up spilling acrylic paint so I decided to let it dry and it stuck very well. Been walking on it for a couple of weeks now. It's the preparation that would need to be done that I wasn't sure about - but your directions make perfect sense. That also allows me to do it in sections, which is the best way since there is a lot of heavy furniture in there and it would have to be moved around the room while I worked on the floor. THANKS! :):)
 

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Radiant Heat Floors make Tile Warm

I just wanted to mention that they make products which you can lay under your flooring that make the floor warm and heat the room through the radiant energy from the floor. One directly uses electricity, and it is like a little mesh blanket with the heating elements woven in. Or there are water filled pipes installed under the floor covering heated by a boiler. In one room, you can put the electric kind down, and it would keep a ceramic tile floor warm and the room comfortable while you worked -- if you decide to choose tile, which is the easiest to clean up..
 
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