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I want to lay a wood laminate with a underlayment in my basement. My current substrate is concrete. I've discovered that in the the size of my space (40' by 70'), I'll need expansion joints. It is all one room and I don't want a ugly expansion joint and T cover in middle of my room to stub my toe on.

Is there any option out like vinyl planking (floating) or is the problem the same with vinyl.
 

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Go with tile, glued down sheet linolium, glued down linolium tiles, or better yet engineered flooring for a real wood looking floor.
Any flooring will only work if this slab is 100% dry.
If you look around on this site and just about any DIY site you will see where there's been some mold and other issues with strip linolium floors on slabs.
Most laminits are not below grade rated and will delamininate if you try to use it.
Engineered flooring goes down just as easy as laminite, does not need to be glued to the slab, can be refinished, looks like real wood not plastic because the top layer is real wood, it's below grade rated.

Also laminites will also do nothing to add resale value to a home.
 

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Also laminites will also do nothing to add resale value to a home.
I think that's a matter of opinion and circumstances with a number of variables...

Laminates are better than cheap carpeting, worn out hardwood that's too far gone to resurrect or linoleum and most certainly better than a naked concrete floor. Indeed the installer will need to ensure that the floor is dry and take the appropriate precautions.
Yes, laminates are used by people with budgets. Not all of us can afford to hire a PRO to come in and lay down 3/4" hardwood at $15 a square foot.
The last time I checked, this was the DIY Chatroom.. :yes:
 

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Engineered flooring is very DIY and sure does not have to cost $15.00 a ft. and it's never 3/4" thick.
Take a look at houses for sale ads, ever see and ad saying laminite floors through out?

There fine on floors above grade if your just looking for something cheap to cover the floor and not planing to sell the hosue anytime soon.
 
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