basement flooring question. what can i use?

i'm finishing my basement, but don't really want to go with carpet. what are some alternatives for some hard floors. the slab is not quite lev...


i'm finishing my basement, but don't really want to go with carpet. what are some alternatives for some hard floors. the slab is not quite level as it peaks in the middle for the posts.

Epoxy cement paint comes in many colors and looks and hold up great. You can lay vinyl sheet or squares. I have done the squares many times. Just prep correctly you may need to apply a base sealer, just ask where you buy the stuff or read the can for cement information. It's easy to lay the squares. The epoxy cement paint is working wonderful on my counter tops! Just think of it like nail polish. The first coat doesnt look great but the second coat makes it look awsome.

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9 Responses to “basement flooring question. what can i use?”

  1. Cali says:

    How about cork? It comes in DYI 1' squares and conforms to the shape of the slab. Also, it's easier on the feet than polished cement (which is the second suggestion I would offer).
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  2. sweetie02151 says:

    Epoxy cement paint comes in many colors and looks and hold up great. You can lay vinyl sheet or squares. I have done the squares many times. Just prep correctly you may need to apply a base sealer, just ask where you buy the stuff or read the can for cement information. It's easy to lay the squares. The epoxy cement paint is working wonderful on my counter tops! Just think of it like nail polish. The first coat doesnt look great but the second coat makes it look awsome.
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  3. Diddy says:

    Hey there is a reasonably priced hard wood flooring at home depot. The pieces just snap together quite well. It has a nice shine to it also. You would need trim for the edges against the walls. Hope this helps you out.
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  4. Ozgood says:

    Basements are notorious for having moisture issues, if this is the case with yours, I wouldn't do anything other than paint it with epoxy base paint. If it stays high and dry, how about laminate, cheap and easy.
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  5. woodtick314 says:

    With laminate, bamboo, or ceramic tile, you would need to level the floor. If you don't, the floor will fail. You need something resilient. VCT would work, as would carpet tile. Another option would be to lay sleepers on the floor, level, then lay a floor on top of that. If you do that, though, you may be looking at cutting new stairs, since the bottom riser would be way out of whack. Hope this helps.

    Sorry, fate, you're wrong. Laminate CAN in fact be installed in a basement. REAL hardwood cannot be, but laminates are fine.

    http://basementflooringguide.com/laminate-basement-flooring-installation/
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  6. ummm... says:

    i would personally prefer a really nice job…and not something that conforms to the floor…as much extra work as it would be…i would put in a frame on the flooring to make everything level. Work from the highest part of the floor and frame from there, using shims everywhere else to complete the framing. from there you can ly plywood or hard wood flooring. over the plywood, you can put anything you like, including carpet, tile or any type of hardwood or laminate.

    you wont regret leveling your whole floor out.

    lastly…you could try a simple floor leveler before tileing or putting in hard wood, but its more risky.
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  7. Fate543 says:

    "Woodtick" said something about Laminate -NO NO NO. Laminate flooring is NEVER recommended for below grade installations. BIG no no! So please don't use laminate. Carpet is really nice, but make sure you dont have any leaks that would fill your basement up with water… I would install cork or even rubber… rubber comes in tiles and in sheets, it comes in some awesome varieties as well!

    Here's a flooring site you may find interesting…. everything from installing you floors (for every type of floor) and so much more…

    Heres the link hope this helps!
    REMEMBER: NO LAMINATE!

    http://www.findanyfloor.com/
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  8. pissy_old_lady says:

    Traffic Master Allure Plank Vinyl Flooring
    Heavy vinyl, easy to install, made to be layed on cement with nothing underneath, cleans great, is a floating floor (sticks to itself), economical.
    Home Depot
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    Layed it in my basement over cement with infloor heating….love it.

  9. We make an interlocking vinyl flooring that snaps together right over the concrete. It has a decorative top layer that comes in a variety of colors and styled, including some slates, woodgrains and cork. Its totally waterproof, so if you ever get any water in your basement, nothing bad will happen to the tiles. Also, because its vinyl, it will naturally resist the growth of mold and fungus. You can see more about our flooring at http://www.placengo.com

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