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Joined: August 2008
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Posted: October 13, 2008 11:06 PM

My basement subfloor is made of concrete slabs that are grouted like tile. They are somewhat porous and uneven. How, if possible, do I prepare the floor to lay laminate planks over it? Thanks!
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Posted: October 15, 2008 6:13 PM

RE: laminate in my basement
Depending on how unlevel your subfloor will determine what the best thing to do is. From your question, the best thing I could recommend is to use a self leveling compound that you can get at your local home improvement store. Then, you will want to put a moisture barrier down ontop of the leveler before laying laminate flooring. You can find some great laminate flooring instructions that talk about subfloors and moisture barriers at www.findanyfloor.com/InstallationG...
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Posted: May 6, 2009 2:40 AM

RE: laminate in my basement
When it comes to choosing a floor type for your basement, your options are somewhat limited.
Less permeable stone floor types such as flagstones, granite and slate can make for a perfect basement floor. Slate tiles, stone tiles and ceramic tiles can all be installed below grade, but like concrete, also need to be sealed.
If you want a basement floor that can withstand a below grade environment and is also eco-friendly, look no further than ceramic tiles. When properly sealed, ceramic tile floors can hold up well to moisture exposure. They can also be made with up to 70% recycled materials such as windshield and used glass bottles. In addition to being as strong or stronger as tiles made with newer materials, green ceramic tiles are often cheaper.
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