Tile cold under foot


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Old 01-22-07, 09:19 PM
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Tile cold under foot

I have settled for new laminate tiles to replace my ceramic tiles I have inn my kitchen. One of the major problems I have with the ceramic is the extreme cold under foot (partly over concrete basement). I was looking at the Dupont laminate with the attached underlayment. Will that alone keep my feet warmer or can I lay some other type of underlayment with the flooring? I was thinking along the lines of "carpet" padding. I am new to this so please do not laugh!!! I am tired of putting on socks, shoes and pants when I walk in my kitchen but no seriously, I did not see anything on the Dupont website except to not lay over carpet. What do you guys think?
 
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Old 01-22-07, 09:49 PM
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Most laminates in today's world use the snap or click together type joint that has no glue. The locking mechanism that holds them together can't tolerate much flexing or they will come apart. Depending on what it's made of, some will splinter while others will disintegrate and turn to powder. Any pad under the laminate in addition to what is recommended will allow the laminate to flex too much and come apart. How about some nice fuzzy bedroom slippers?
 
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Old 01-22-07, 09:51 PM
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Will the padding underneath the flooring be "warmer" as oppose to ceramic? Is it made for warmth?
 

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Old 01-22-07, 10:09 PM
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I don't believe it's actually "made" for warmth, but it does have that effect to some extent. Laminates do tend to be warmer than tile. Not as much so as fuzzy slippers, but still warmer.
 
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Old 01-22-07, 10:35 PM
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Is basement ceiling insulated? Ceiling fans are helpful to keep warm air circulating.
 
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Old 01-24-07, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by twelvepole View Post
Is basement ceiling insulated? Ceiling fans are helpful to keep warm air circulating.
where the kitchen is cold under foot, it is the cinderblock (concrete) foundation. That part of the basement was not "extended" under the kitchen addition...
 
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Radient heated floor, below the laminate.
 
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Old 01-25-07, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Carpets Done Wright View Post
Radient heated floor, below the laminate.
Now the trick question is do I have to put the radiant heating on the entire floor or just where the addition is? Also, does the radiant heat work with all laminates? I was looking to purchase the Dupont laminate flooring... any suggestions?
 
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Old 01-25-07, 11:42 AM
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Our laminate floor on a basement concrete base with the Pergo brand underlayment was still pretty cold. Granted we wear socks 8 months of the year in the house because it's generally cold, but that laminate floor was still chilly. Felt great in summer though!

We are insulating the floor and installing radiant floor heat under the tile, and installing cork flooring in all other lived-in areas in our basement remodel. (Wine cellar, laundry, and storage rooms will have tile or laminate flooring but no radiant heat.)
 
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You could do what my brother's girlfeind did when we shared an apartment years ago. It is pretty easy, just put a 6 inch plile of clothing on the floor. You will never suffer from cold feet again.
 
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So, I wonder if that was your place I measured for carpet and had to kick the underwear out of the way to make a path for the tape.
 
 

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