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Old 01-23-2008, 05:33 PM   #1
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I have a finished basement and recently had a leak down there. I had to remove some drywall and tear up some carpet, plus I have been wanting to remodel down there anyway, so I am going to do it.

My situation is kind of hard to explain, but I will do my best. The finished part of the basement is one big room, pretty much the size of the whole basement. The steps come down sort of in the middle and then off to either side of the steps is two large alcoves. It was the alcove to the left of the stairs that had the carpet tore out. We have decided that instead of re-carpetting the whole area that we would tile the alcoves and then carpet the rest. However, SWMBO ran across vinyl plank flooring that supposedly looks like hardwood flooring, but is obviously vinyl.



I haven't actually gone to the hardware store to look at it yet, but I am very skeptical. Vinyl always looks like vinyl to me, and I don't particularly care for it. However, I know that a bunch of folks here at HBT are DIY guys and I am sure someone, if not most of you, have heard and/or used it.

So, those that have seen/used it, what do you think? Is it something that I should look into or is it just a cheap knock off and tile would look better?

 
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:36 PM   #2
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I think your first impression is correct. I've seen some vinyl "hardwood" displays and was less than impressed. On the other hand, there do have some very thick vinyl on the market today that looks like tile. My uncle did it in his basement and it looked really nice.
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I've seen it. It depends on the substrate.
It still looks like vinyl, good vinyl though. I use laminate it's cheaper than carpet and requires less preping than laminate on an iffy floor.
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I've seen it. It depends on the substrate.
It still looks like vinyl, good vinyl though. I use laminate it's cheaper than carpet and requires less preping than laminate on an iffy floor.
Well, it would be laid on concrete, it is in my basement. I like the look of the laminate...how does it do with moisture? Do you think it would work well in a basement?

 
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I had laminate installed in my place, and I love it. It's essentially scratchproof and holds up to moisture quite well. Plus, it's a floating floor, so it's simple to put down.
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I had laminate installed in my place, and I love it. It's essentially scratchproof and holds up to moisture quite well. Plus, it's a floating floor, so it's simple to put down.
there are some very nice laminate floors available. I was going to put that in my basement, but they DO require expansion joints every so often. I didn't want to have those, so I went with slate tile and carpet instead.
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there are some very nice laminate floors available. I was going to put that in my basement, but they DO require expansion joints every so often. I didn't want to have those, so I went with slate tile and carpet instead.
I just leave gaps around the edge and use beading. It is cheap, hard wearing, looks good, easy to lay, it can be laid over imperfect bases (with underlay), comes in 100s of finishes. It is cleaner and more hygienic than carpets.

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I just leave gaps around the edge and use beading. It is cheap, hard wearing, looks good, easy to lay, it can be laid over imperfect bases (with underlay), comes in 100s of finishes. It is cleaner and more hygienic than carpets.

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Ya, you need that, but if the area is more than a certain length (20-30 ft), you need to break up the sections. That's what the instructions and my buddy the carpenter say anyway.
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Ya, you need that, but if the area is more than a certain length (20-30 ft), you need to break up the sections. That's what the instructions and my buddy the carpenter say anyway.
I've heard differing things on that. My living room is probably about that, but I didn't need any. But I've talked to people who said you do need it. I wonder if it depends on you subflooring, I'm on the second floor, so I wonder if it may be less necessary.
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