Laminate or hardwood over concrete ?

Old 02-20-15, 01:48 PM
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Laminate or hardwood over concrete ?

Have basement room that is 1/2 below grade. Currently glued down carpet. Will remove carpet and need tips, advice on how to use a best quality laminate, engineered or hardwood floor.

Will need to be floor that will support a pool table and active kids

Never have had moisture problem

Any advice, comments appreciated

Old 02-20-15, 02:07 PM
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No laminate of any kind below grade. While it is your cheapest option up front, it will cost more in the long run with moisture issues.

First off, even though you say there are not any moisture issues, you still need to perform some moisture test before you subject thousands of dollars worth of wood flooring to an infield experiment. Remove a section of the carpet, scrape up the excess glued down pad and tape a garbage bag to the concrete making a seal all the way around. Let it sit for a week and see of any condensation or discoloration of the concrete exists. Just because you don't experience visible water, doesn't mean that moisture is not present. If you have a moisture meter, you can check in multiple spots.

Look into click lock engineered flooring that is not an HDF core product. In other words, it will look like plywood from the side without a fiberboard core of any kind. The top layer will be actual wood. You also need an underlayment that is specifically designed for cement installation and is also a vapor barrier. If you fail the moisture test, tile or new carpet would be you second choice.
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You can also buy click lock flooring made from 100% vinyl. This is the best thing to use if you still want that look and are in a wet or below grade situation.

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