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Type of flooring over a subfloor

Posted by stir_fryi (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 24, 10 at 8:44

We are putting an insulated sub-floor in the basement and eventually drywall and ceiling.

Is laminate wood an ok choice for over the subfloor? I do want carpet in the "living" area but I though the laminate wood under the "play area" -- ping pong table, toy area would be good. Not really interested in tile (too hard, too cold).

Also, anyone know anything about the cheap wood laminate sold at Costco?


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RE: Type of flooring over a subfloor

Is laminate wood an ok choice for over the subfloor?

Usually. But only if you have a properly insulated installed subfloor designed to handle moisture. That means XPS and ply or Delta FL or Dri Cor or equivalent systems followed by ply. However, laminate will not survive standing water. That's why I prefer tile or stone or non-rubber backed carpets in basements.

I have about 1200 sf of Costco laminate stacked in my garage. Its 14.3mm thick including a self-backer, with an AC3 rating. Too good a deal to pass up, said my installer. Now where to put it!


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