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Self Leveling Basement Prep Before Installing Vinyl Laminate Plank


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10-21-13, 12:34 PM   #1  
Self Leveling Basement Prep Before Installing Vinyl Laminate Plank

Hello,

I have 11' x 13' room in my basement that I wanted to install vinyl laminate plank in. I prepared the floor by cleaning and priming the concrete and laying down self leveling concrete using Mapei products. I am waiting for it to properly cure and planning my next steps.

I have found lots of videos and discussions about installing the self leveling compound and about installing vinyl laminate plank, however I wanted to know what is required before installation.

Question:
Does the new Self Leveling Concrete need to be sealed?
If so what is recommended, poly or sealant or both?

Question:
Does an underlayment need to be installed on the sealed floor before vinyl laminate plank is installed?
If so what is recommended for a basement installation?

Question:
Can anyone recommend a vinyl laminate plank brand, that is durable for a basement application, meaning resistant to dampness of a basement, and easy to install?

Thank you in advance for your kind response.

Mike

 
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10-21-13, 01:15 PM   #2  
Mike: Welcome to the forums! Cutting to the chase.....

1. not really, as it is a leveling compound not a seal coating.
2. Whatever the manufacturer of the flooring recommends. This will keep your warranty in place.
3. I have used Allure with good success, but I am sure there are others out there. If you have any dampness, get it under control before you begin any floor installation or it will all fail.

 
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