I’ve read up on this a lot, but don’t seem to be any closer in making a decision.
We’re moving into a home which has a large basement, split into 2 parts – a utility room and a rather large main room. Due to the age of the home, and look of the flooring tiles, we’re pretty sure they’re asbestos vinyl tiles.
The tiles are intact, but I plan to do a lot of work in the basement, and so I want a new floor. Plus, the tiles are dark, and with a somewhat low ceiling, I want a brighter and lighter colored floor.
So what I want to do is encapsulate the basement floor with a moisture/vapor barrier, and then apply a basement-safe floating floor on top of it. We’ve got a sump pit and dehumidifier in the utility room, and so while the basement doesn’t seem to be wet, it’s not bone-dry.
I was thinking about DriCore (shown above), which has a plastic base and OSB top, but it’s nearly 1-inch thick and is more meant to be a subfloor than a finished floor, meaning another flooring material would have to go on top. I also considered using plastic garage tiles, but they’ll make a lot of noise if used bare and will likely puncture through any moisture barrier I put down.
Plus, there’s enclosed ducting running lengthwise throughout the entire room, and it’s maybe 3 feet wide. I have to duck to walk underneath it, and would be hesitant to raise the floor in that part of the room any higher than really needed. I figure that we’ll keep that part of the room for household storage, and other items I don’t need to access frequently.
There are other underlayment options, mainly dimpled plastic sheets, on top which new flooring panels can be installed.
So that brings me to maybe vinyl or laminated planks, which could be assembled into a floating floor on top of a breathing moisture barrier.
But which one? Argh!
I was hoping for glue-free installation, but a lot of the more “put it anywhere” products, such as Home Depot’s TrafficMaster Allure flooring, have adhesive strips to lock together.
I wish I could tell you I had many any sort of decision. Any time I look into this, I end up with 100 web browser tabs and windows open, with 5 different types of underlayment/moisture barrier, and then 20 types of potential vinyl or laminate flooring options
For those of you have put down a new floor on top of your concrete basement floor, or vinyl (or asbestos vinyl) over concrete basement floor, what did you go with, and how much do you like it?