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Old 12-06-2011, 02:37 AM   #1
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Insulating Under Laminate?


I have a customer looking to place flooring in the basement (on concrete). I recommended using tile with heat pads in high traffic areas. It was a little too expensive for them, I am not too familiar with laminate. Is there an underlay product that offers some kind of decent insulation? Or is carpet the best option if cold feet and price are issues? I could make some calls but I thought i'd see what turns up here. Flooring isnt my area of expertise and would like to hear some recommendations. Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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If height concerns arent an issue. 2x4 Sleeper system with foam board in Between?

I recently layed a floating floor over a slab and used 6 mil vapor barrier and a compresed, recycled fiber padding.

Actually helped with keeping some cold off the floor.

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If height concerns arent an issue. 2x4 Sleeper system with foam board in Between?

I recently layed a floating floor over a slab and used 6 mil vapor barrier and a compresed, recycled fiber padding.

Actually helped with keeping some cold off the floor.

Good luck!
Hey thanks, the sleeper system would be a goon one but they don't want to replace the floor in all the rooms. (we would have a 1.5" step)

That second idea would work. Do you think it would be much better than to use the underlayments that say they are a VB and are also 'foamy'?
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Any interest in a heated under-layment or is that what you were referring to with the tile option above that was to expensive?
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Hey thanks, the sleeper system would be a goon one but they don't want to replace the floor in all the rooms. (we would have a 1.5" step)

That second idea would work. Do you think it would be much better than to use the underlayments that say they are a VB and are also 'foamy'?
I never trust those underlayments that say they are vb and underlayment all in one.. I the one I just used did have the vb attached but it was super thin and ripped all over the place. I just used my own 6 mil...

Also the foam type of underlayment is crap.
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Carpet is cheaper... Just dump in and move,on to the next job..
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Is the floor dry 365 days of the year? And what I mean by dry, is the moisture the same as the concrete walls? Unless you know for certain I would shy away from anything other than plastic.
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Is the floor dry 365 days of the year? And what I mean by dry, is the moisture the same as the concrete walls? Unless you know for certain I would shy away from anything other than plastic.
Interesting. How would you determine this forsure?
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Carpet is cheaper... Just dump in and move,on to the next job..
Definitely considering this.

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