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Installing laminate in a basement

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I went to two Rona locations in toronto, niether sold this product. The staff were also quite inept and told me to just use a roll of foam (not even the foam with the plastic covering) for basement installation on concrete. I went back to home depot and gave in and bought their plastic covered foamish stuff for $19.99 for 100sqft. It seems to be the only product sensible for basement installation. Niether Home Depot or Rona has anything better.. (Rona didn't have anything at all!).

samab wrote:
Dec 13th, 2006 2:01 pm
Saw this product designed for basement use on hometime a few years ago, Rona sells it. Eliminates the need for subfloor and takes care of moisture and warmth problems.

http://www.deltams.com/bvf/ca-en/produc ... cts/FL.php

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If you look at the link I provided --- there is a Canadian toll free phone number, you can ask them where you can buy their product in Toronto. For sure, if they provide you with a Canadian toll free number, they will sell it in Canada's largest city.

With regard to Rona, I haven't checked recently to see if they continue to sell the product or not. They were NOT placed in the laminate floor department (so the laminate floor staff will know nothing about this product). They were placed in the back where Rona had huge rolls of other construction stuff.

Found 2 discussions (both in Canada) about rona and delta-fl

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=134182

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:yc4 ... =clnk&cd=2
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Ah.. I called Rona again, and confirm they no longer carry delta-FL (or as they called it the membrane flooring). They said some locations may still have 328 sqft rolls for $233, but that once they are sold that would be it. I called the company and they said home hardware now carries the flooring. 4x8 squares for $23.99 or a 105stft roll for $72.99. That works out to about 70 cents a sqft, which is the same price as the laminate flooring (home depot sale). Meh!
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Fraggle wrote:
Dec 18th, 2006 1:00 pm
That works out to about 70 cents a sqft, which is the same price as the laminate flooring (home depot sale). Meh!
That's the price for the convenience of DIY. Another such DIY product mentioned in the 2 previous forum links is called DriCore (sold at home depot but also is equally expensive).

Either this or putting a subfloor in your basement (which would require you to drive concrete nails/screws into the concrete floor to secure the subfloor).

You shouldn't gamble with basement jobs --- either do it the right way or not do it at all.
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^^ excellent advise. I have seen good results working with DeltaFL. IMO its a worthwhile product when you compare it to the other options for basements.

I would hate to have to drive concrete nails or fasteners for the sub-floors. Power hammers can be kinda scary.
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You people obviously don't watch Holmes on Holmes . . he will not install laminate or wood floors in basements because of the moisture . . no matter what you do vapour barrier wise it will fail. I know the laminate option is realtively inexpensive but your just wasting your time and money. Stick with carpet or spend extra money and install heated tiled floor.
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MooNDawG wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2006 9:01 am
You people obviously don't watch Holmes on Holmes . . he will not install laminate or wood floors in basements because of the moisture . . no matter what you do vapour barrier wise it will fail. I know the laminate option is realtively inexpensive but your just wasting your time and money. Stick with carpet or spend extra money and install heated tiled floor.
If you watched Holmes carefully, he used the same type of Delta-FL type dimpled membrane flooring for the carpet part of his fix-up (picture #2) --- following the delta-fl installation instructions for carpet job. Picture #1 showed the wrong kind of vapour barrier (which is just a green sheet of rubber).

http://www.holmesonhomes.com/episode_sh ... d=9&eid=42

That basement had a lot of probems to begin with --- uneven concrete floor, bad self-levelling job, leaking plumbing in the basement, installing incorrectly laminate in basement washroom and laundry room --- and wrong kind of vapour barrier. That basement would have fallen apart anyway.

http://www.hgtv.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=74448
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have laminate in the basement... did it myself... just used the normal crappy foam.. been about 3 years no major issues to the floor warping of splitting.. on issue is making sure the concrete is level...got lots of humps in various places
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samab wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2006 9:40 am
If you watched Holmes carefully, he used the same type of Delta-FL type dimpled membrane flooring for the carpet part of his fix-up (picture #2) --- following the delta-fl installation instructions for carpet job. Picture #1 showed the wrong kind of vapour barrier (which is just a green sheet of rubber).

http://www.holmesonhomes.com/episode_sh ... d=9&eid=42

That basement had a lot of probems to begin with --- uneven concrete floor, bad self-levelling job, leaking plumbing in the basement, installing incorrectly laminate in basement washroom and laundry room --- and wrong kind of vapour barrier. That basement would have fallen apart anyway.

http://www.hgtv.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=74448
I agree he may have used that membrane, but he did say he would never put wood flooring (laminate or real) in a basement. In fact I know the contractor that built my house will not install wood flooring in basements. Because no matter what you do it will fail. At the end of the day it is matter of choice. Like everything I guess.

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