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kowgrl 07-01-2008 08:58 AM

Tile and Lamiate on a slab question
Currently I am in the pending process of purchasing my first home. All the floors need to be replaced. The home is an A-frame on a slab with no subfloor. We are planning on doing laminate wood in the living room and den and either a tile or laminate tile in the kitchen and bath.

I have been searching the Internet for advice on re-flooring. Many of the laminate’s mention that they can go directly onto concrete, how true is that? Also the house is in New England so we do have many climate changes. Would the laminate bow and change shape with the climate changes? What do you recommend for both laminate and tile? Do you put it right on the concrete or create a subfloor? Also do you recommend a specific type of flooring for a home on a slab?

Thank you in advance for you knowldge!

glennjanie 07-01-2008 04:55 PM

Welcome Kowgrl:
I would lay the laminate and other products on the concrete as long as the insturctions are OK with that. Putting in a subfloor would be a MAJOR undertaking requiring trreated lumber, a good fastening system and druable subfloor; its just too much money and trouble.

HomeAdditionPlus 07-20-2008 11:48 AM

If the manufacturer states you can lay the laminate directly on the concrete floor then by all means do so. However, if your basement has a history of moisture problems you may want to first put down a subfloor.

Usually the temperature in the basement remains fairly constant throughout the year. It is the moisture levels that change. A dehumidifier may be helpful in extending the life of your new laminate flooring.

If your basement has a history of water problems, fix this problem first before installing the laminate flooring.

kowgrl 09-17-2008 10:47 AM

Ok next question. I am currently in the process of peeling two layers of vinyl flooring off both the kitchen and bathroom. What a miserable project. I have done more research on laying tile and laminate on to a slab. What happens if I can’t get all the vinyl off or all the glue off? If that happens should I use a self leveler?

PS: it’s not a basement it’s our first floor. Slab on grade.

hondadrv24 09-17-2008 06:26 PM

go to your local tool rental store and see if they have a laminate flooring remover. my local store has one that you ride one and it will get all of the glue off.

triple D 09-17-2008 10:10 PM

welcome kowgrl
I cant say what adhesive they used, but there is a better than 50% chance it will come off with hard mopping, with hot water, and small amount of soap. You can take a wide chissel or scrapper and a hammer to hit the end of it to remove stubbourn peices. Just remember gloves and goggles. And if the water doesnt work let us know we'll figure out somethin fer ya. Good luck.....

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