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Contractor recommendations for prepping 110 year old concrete slab for Vinyl Plank

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Contractor recommendations for prepping 110 year old concrete slab for Vinyl Plank

Hi, I'm located in the West End of Toronto and was looking for a quality company or contractor to level my basement in preparation for glue down vinyl planks.

I've had bad luck with contractor review sites, so I'm wondering if you could share a can share the contractor information and rough order of magnitude on price point? My space is about 500 square feet.
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My recommendation is to not do vinyl plank over concrete.
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Have you thought about DIY? If you're handy, pouring self-leveling concrete isn't that hard to do and would leave you with a flat, uniform surface to lay vinyl planks over. you literally just buy a bag, mix it with water (often DIY is helped by adding just a bit more water than instructed), pouring it on the floor, spreading it around with a gauge rake until it's about 1/2-1 inch thick, then waiting as it self-levels. It's honestly easier than you'd think as long as you buy decent stuff.
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Jerico wrote: My recommendation is to not do vinyl plank over concrete.
Why not? I installed it directly on my slab. Albeit, it's the "insulated" stuff, but it has been totally fine.
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RCGA wrote: Why not? I installed it directly on my slab. Albeit, it's the "insulated" stuff, but it has been totally fine.
Cause op is gluing them down. There is no way I would glue directly to the slab, it would require a subfloor. So, I guess the question is and to the OP, are we gluing this floor directly on top of the slab or are you having it levelled for a subfloor which you can do as you build it. I'm not talking about 4mm and above thickness with insulation either when I say subfloor.
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Jerico wrote: My recommendation is to not do vinyl plank over concrete.
Why not? seems like the cheapest and most effective option?

Tho I'd go with the click ones instead of the glue ones.

Levelling cement is definitely good/required if your level isn't flat.
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koffey wrote: Cause op is gluing them down. There is no way I would glue directly to the slab, it would require a subfloor. So, I guess the question is and to the OP, are we gluing this floor directly on top of the slab or are you having it levelled for a subfloor which you can do as you build it. I'm not talking about 4mm and above thickness with insulation either when I say subfloor.
The old style square vinyl tiles from the 70s can also be glued down to the concrete slab.

OP, I also installed luxury vinyl plank directly onto my basement slab and it works fine (I didn't glue it though).
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+1 to laying vinyl plank directly over slab. I did it in my basement, albeit I have a newer flat slab. I used Torlys Everwood
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All of your newer basement floors have insulation etc. under the slabs I'd bet. I have a 110 year old slab in my basement too, and there's nothing of the sort under it.

If it's more or less flat and level, I'd put a dricore layer down and then the plank flooring. You'll get a nice surface for the flooring and insulation to boot.
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Every basement I’ve ever seen with anything but carpet WITH NO SUBFLOOR is a cold, noisy mess. Subfloor changes it all.
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torontotim wrote: All of your newer basement floors have insulation etc. under the slabs I'd bet. I have a 110 year old slab in my basement too, and there's nothing of the sort under it.

If it's more or less flat and level, I'd put a dricore layer down and then the plank flooring. You'll get a nice surface for the flooring and insulation to boot.
I agree. Like others here I have luxury vinyl plank directly over slab but my slab is insulated from underneath and has radiant heat so it seems like any other floor. On a 110 year old slab with none of that it will feel very cold. Level it if necessary, put the dricore and vinyl plank, you won’t regret it!
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Jerico wrote: Every basement I’ve ever seen with anything but carpet WITH NO SUBFLOOR is a cold, noisy mess. Subfloor changes it all.
Wasn't willing to take the hit on ceiling height. Didn't want to worry about spilling water (I have a 2-year-old) have having it soak my subfloor.

Plus a rug takes care of the cold issue.
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