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Old 12-10-2011, 07:43 AM
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It sounds like moisture will be you enemy with any floor you lay on top of that basement slab. Have you thought of etching and staining the concrete? There are some very attractive treatments that can be done to concrete. Almost any design and colors are possible. Lots of restaurants and retail stores are doing this here in Florida. I am also seeing it in $$$ homes as well, it can look awesome.

Also eliminates the mold concern.
Ultimately Id like to go with ceramic tile and be done with it. The potential for moisture will always be there regardless of how well the pump works. The tiles that came up easy are around the perimeter where moisture had effected the glue. The field tiles are really stuck down to the cement. Ive read about using dry ice to break the bond between the tile and cement and might give that a try. The only down side to tile is the cold floor. When thinset cures moisture has no effect on its adhesion. My drop ceiling height is only 6' 5" in the basement so the more I add to the floor the worse it gets.
I do plan on investigating all the options given and appreciate the responses
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Those interlocking rubber/foam tiles are pretty good. You can buy them on Ebay for under $1/square foot, free shipping.

They cut easily and if you have a flood, you can pull them up, dry them, and put 'em back.
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Roll out rubber gym flooring, I used it in half of my 1000 sq ft basement. Easy to install, weight alone keeps it in place, no glue needed. The stuff is impervious to water, and dropping free weight plates on it is not a problem. Only challenge was getting the extremely heavy rolls down the stairs.

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Originally Posted by Mine Now View Post
Ultimately Id like to go with ceramic tile and be done with it. The potential for moisture will always be there regardless of how well the pump works. The tiles that came up easy are around the perimeter where moisture had effected the glue. The field tiles are really stuck down to the cement. Ive read about using dry ice to break the bond between the tile and cement and might give that a try. The only down side to tile is the cold floor. When thinset cures moisture has no effect on its adhesion. My drop ceiling height is only 6' 5" in the basement so the more I add to the floor the worse it gets.
I do plan on investigating all the options given and appreciate the responses

Put a small towel on top of the tile, then an clothes iron. After about 60 seconds per tile they peel right up. The floor will be sticky, but you won't be going crazy with dry ice or scrapers.
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Put a small towel on top of the tile, then an clothes iron. After about 60 seconds per tile they peel right up. The floor will be sticky, but you won't be going crazy with dry ice or scrapers.
Thanks for the tip Ill give that a try. Right now we are using a chipping hammer to bust up the stubborn ones and its still a lot of work. About 2/3 done so far
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Just tile it and be done

As far as laminate flooring, none of it is really any good after a pool of water/ etc stands on it for more then few hours

We have laminated floors in our entire house, except in the wet areas' kitchen, baths have stone for the floors

FYI, you always need a mostuire barrier over cement, some floors come with it built into it on the back, and some require a plastic to be put down first

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