Flooring for Basement

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Old 02-13-15, 05:24 PM
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I would like to know what is the latest in flooring for a basement?

I also would like to know the best low cost flooring or coating that you can put on the basement floor?
The coverage is 700 sq.ft.
I don'y really want Carpet , LAMINATE or HARDWOOD,
 
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Well, you have eliminated the same ones that I would have. Your choices are probably limited to ceramic tile (choice 1) or more flexible flooring such as Allure. It will greatly depend on how flat your concrete is, and if it needs any attention. Ceramic tile, while it may be a little hard and cold can be rendered more livable using rugs in strategic places for creature comfort. Ceramic will also cost less per square foot than most other coverings.
 
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I know there is a coating that you can put down on the floor and put stiff on the coating, don't know what you call this coating.

My house was built in 1973 and the floor is not as level as the basement are today. It very's in spots a 1/2 inch in spots.
 
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I have my compliantly finished and was looking to just finish the floor with an epoxy paint.

Which one is the best on the market? Like everything else you must likely have different grades an quality of epoxy paint.

The basement is dry walled so you want something that will wear and look very beautiful when finished.

This would be like a family room somewhere where you can go and relax.
Easy to care for.
 
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I would check into garage epoxy coatings. They are not that difficult to paint on. It may take 2 or more coats, so read the directions before mixing it together. Floor must be dry and very clean.
 
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Having worked with construction and floor coating epoxies since the late 1960s, I can tell you that I wouldn't recommend epoxy for a basement floor. The main reasons being both cost and lack of adhesion under moisture intrusion from below--most "dry" basements aren't really that dry. Doing a quick clear plastic moisture test will tell you if epoxy might work for you.

If you insist on using epoxy, do your homework before shopping for a product. Using a solids-based product instead of water-based will wear much better, but it will also cost considerably more. Don't be alarmed if the product cost alone is close to $100 a gallon.

A decent ceramic tile will cost less and perform better.
 
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as w/anything else, proper prep is king,,, there are now solvent-based epoxies specifically made for use as vapor barrier,,, prior to cure, sand is spread to rejection then swept up post cure,,, this provides a good ' toothed ' surface for the next epoxy coat,,, when you're done w/all you want, applying a coat of urethane to protect the epoxy's a recommended step as a final finish,,, then a few coats of sacrificial wax - we use ' ONE ' [no $ interest],,, having said this, epoxies are great flooring materials - even found in malls, schools, warehouses, doctor's offices, etc

an alternate's acid-stain + urethane OR conc dye + urethane,,, some mfg's have a terrific wtr-based urethane that's shown great results,,, wtr-based epoxies as mentioned by other posters typically don't have the life of solvent-based + your bsmt floor looks like a garage

concretenetwork.com's a good place to look as is concretelocator.com
 
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