Handling baseboard when replacing carpet with laminate flooring

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Old 11-10-19, 06:46 PM
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Handling baseboard when replacing carpet with laminate flooring

Replacing my carpet with laminate on concrete basement floor. The gap under the baseboard is 1/8 - 1/4 where carpet was tucked.

My question: installing laminate (likely more than 1/4 thick), do I need to move baseboard up and put it back on top of new laminate, or should I stop short of baseboard (in current position) and put 1/4 round down too.

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I would stop short of the baseboard and add base shoe.
 
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Personally, I would never put laminate in a basement - too great a likelihood of water, which laminate does not handle well.
 
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Regarding the choice of laminate vs. vinyl in a basement, are there ANY advantages to using laminate rather than vinyl? (Having said that, I am very confident about the lack of moisture in my basement)

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Some laminates are ok for the basement but you have to have the proper underlayment.

Vinyl is excellent for a basement!
 
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Tape a 2 foot square piece of plastic sheet (6 mil if you have) to the floor and leave it for 24 hours.
That will tell you if there is moisture in the slab.
 
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Your laminate installation instructions will tell you what to do on concrete. Here is an example:

Concrete subfloors must be fully cured, at least 60 days old, and should have minimum 6-mil polyfilm between concrete and ground. Subfloor should be flat and level within 3/16” per 10’ radius. If necessary grind high spots down and level low spots with a Portland leveling compound.

Aside from tile, about any kind of flooring will get ruined in a flood. Carpet, laminate, even vinyl can get moldy and stained.
 
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