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I'm just getting started on finshing a trophy room in my basement. I'm not sure what I want to use yet for flooring. I would like laminate for ease of cleaning, but afraid of what would happen with any moisture since its in a basement. I've never had any moisture or water problems. What would you guys suggest?
 

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I have put several laminate flooring on a concrete slab and had no problems.
I used the Pergo floor and their Simple Solutions SoftSeal Foam. It’s a little more expensive than others that are out there but it worked well for me. It also took that "tick" sound laminate floors sometime have.
I would test the floor first by placing something like a plastic trash bag down for a couple days with some weight on it. If the concrete looks wet or a darker gray then the rest of the floor I would be a little worried but if not you should be gold. I think lam flooring will tolerate around a 10% moisture level anyhow. Where I used it it was also in a laundry room and half bath and there are no issues.
Make sure you let the flooring lay in the area you’re going to install for a couple days just like you would using a hardwood.
The newer lams are much better than when they first came out and are very durable to pets and scratching, but dropping free weights on them will leave dents.


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I saw what I think was a new product review in one of my magazines...It's a vinyl plank flooring that has the look of laminate and the water resistance of vinyl.
 

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Chief48 said:
I saw what I think was a new product review in one of my magazines...It's a vinyl plank flooring that has the look of laminate and the water resistance of vinyl.
Saw that too and looks ideal for a basement, but haven't personally talked to anyone with any first hand knowledge of it though.
 

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I'm currently installing the vinyl plank flooring in a friend's house. It's really nice stuff, easy to work with. It is much more flexible than the wood-based laminates so locking it together is very easy and it conforms to any imperfections in the floor much better than traditional laminates.

Another plus is that it can be cut with a utility knife....simply score it and snap it....just like drywall. For inside corner cuts like around a floor register, it can be cut with a pair of shears.

The only downside I see is the cost....Each bundle is 1/3 square and my buddy paid $48 and change per bundle....So cost is around $150 per 100 square feet plus padding. I believe he paid $17 per 50 sqare foot roll of padding. Bringing the total material cost to around $185 per square.

I installed the traditional laminate throughout my mother's house last spring. I can honestly say that I like this vinyl stuff a whole lot better. to cut the traditional stuff, I used a combination of a Chop saw, Circular saw and Jig saw....Just need a utility knife and a shears for the vinyl. The traditional stuff is water-resistant....The vinyl is waterproof. The laminate in Mom's house cost about $75 or $80 per square with the padding....The vinyl is well over double the price but I believe it will hold up much, much longer and will be well worth the extra cost in the long run.
 
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