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Old 01-24-2010, 01:50 PM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Finishing our basement and we're leaning towards laminate flooring.
It's a walk out basement so the flooring will be seeing some good traffic
with the young kids running in and out from the backyard.

Thoughts on laminate flooring for the basement?
Anyone have it and regret it?

Thanks
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Traffic, it'd handle, but I'm more worried about the humidity. Moisture and laminate flooring substrates don't mix.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:41 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Finishing our basement and we're leaning towards laminate flooring.
It's a walk out basement so the flooring will be seeing some good traffic
with the young kids running in and out from the backyard.

Thoughts on laminate flooring for the basement?
Anyone have it and regret it?

Thanks
I just started finishing our basement. It's not a walk-out, just a regular old basement. I picked up 30-year Dupont Maple Laminate - on sale - at Home Depot for 41 cents per sf. I'm pretty stoked.

Your problem isn't going to be traffic. You can always throw down a rug or mat in the high traffic areas - and you probably should. You can also throw down area rugs to "warm it up" if you wish.

Just make sure you have ALL moisture problems taken care of. That is an absolute must!
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:15 AM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Thanks for replies!!

Omaha -

I take it you haven't started to lay down the laminate yet?
I'm wondering how easy/difficult it is to install compared to hardwood floor.
I just installed some HD flooring and that was a mother !@#$% to do.

Any idea if laminate would be easier to install?
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:01 AM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Thanks for replies!!

Omaha -

I take it you haven't started to lay down the laminate yet?
I'm wondering how easy/difficult it is to install compared to hardwood floor.
I just installed some HD flooring and that was a mother !@#$% to do.

Any idea if laminate would be easier to install?
Each brand of laminate has its own unique patent, regarding how it interlocks. This DuPont stuff is going to be a little different from other laminates I've installed, in that each piece has to be started at a 45-degree angle. It then basically pulls itself together and snaps in, as you lower the "new" edge.


I don't really have a preference regarding laminate versus hardwood flooring - mostly because you just want one or the other in certain applications, and the difficulty of installation is kind of irrelevant.


As with most projects, having the right tools is priceless. I've done enough projects the extremely hard way, and finally just admitted that I needed to buy the right tools first, then use them properly.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I googled and found this Laminate Basement Flooring Installation | Basement Flooring Guide

good luck on your project.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:25 PM
 
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We used Allure flooring in our kitchen and everyone always comments on how nice it looks. We are now deciding to use it in our basement because it is easy to clean, easy to install and is water and moisture resistent.
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