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Kronotex Laminate vs Duraclic Vinyl Plank for Basement

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Kronotex Laminate vs Duraclic Vinyl Plank for Basement

Hey all, need to do over 800 sqft of flooring for my basement, already laid Amdry subfloor (basically fancier Dricore).

Was looking at these two products. Not sure which would be better. This is a newer home (2015 build).

What would you do?

https://www.lowes.ca/laminate-flooring/ ... m=kronotex

https://www.lowes.ca/vinyl-flooring/dur ... m=duraclic
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Morning @Blubbs

It looks like you've weighed the pros and cons of installing wood laminate and wood backed subfloor in a basement. https://www.extension.umn.edu/environme ... solutions/. I'd still considering the LVP as the best option to laminate however. It’s waterproof and slightly more flexible to handle potential floor flex/swelling; whereas, while there a few waterproof laminates on the market (parcolys, dumaplast) and some are even water resistant the Kronotex doesn't appear to offer either based on their basement install URL: https://www.kronotex.com/Laminate-Floor ... 75255.html and laminates like the flexibility of LVP or damage resistance/mendability of hardwood. You’d likely have better piece of mind not worrying about a leak or untreated spills, then again, if you find the LVP doesn’t look as nice or even feel as comfortable - install the laminate. You’re saving a bundle by installing yourself and if you have all the moisture concerns under wrap, you have some extra planks and OSB on hand for small patches then go with either solution.
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Highly recommend Torlys Everwood. We installed it in our basement and love it.

https://www.torlys.com/residential/prod ... d-premier/

You can typically find the cork-backed version (Premier) on sale for $4.50ish / sq ft. No underlayment required as it has a cork backing, so that is a consideration for the price as well. The manufacturer does recommend installing a 6 mil vapour barrier beneath it if you have moisture/humidity problems with your basement slab, but other than that you shouldn't need anything else.
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jacquesstrap wrote: Highly recommend Torlys Everwood. We installed it in our basement and love it.

https://www.torlys.com/residential/prod ... d-premier/

You can typically find the cork-backed version (Premier) on sale for $4.50ish / sq ft. No underlayment required as it has a cork backing, so that is a consideration for the price as well. The manufacturer does recommend installing a 6 mil vapour barrier beneath it if you have moisture/humidity problems with your basement slab, but other than that you shouldn't need anything else.
+1 on Torlys... That's what I've spec'd for my basement reno too.

My contractor was able to source their Elite line (better than premier) of products for $4.50/sq ft. We're going with "Crestview"
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Thanks for the advice, one other consideration is I believe that I would have to install 1/4" plywood over the ZAmdry for the LVP based on AmDry instructions, at an estimated cost of $850. There is a tiny bit of play near some of the edges of the pieces where the plastic connector strips go. I could see this causing major issues with the LVP buckling slightly then coming unclipped, etc. The 12mm Laminate is much thicker and more rigid and I think would be fine. Doing 4x8 sheets of plywood over top would obviously help with this for the LVP issue.

For the Laminate I need a basic vapour barrier acoustic underlayment that would cost about $250 total.

With the 15% off everything for ‘contractor rewards’ at Lowes right now (anyone self-employed can get this if you talk to the right person at the store), the cost breaks down like this

Kronotex:
$2287 for flooring
$250 for underlayment

Duraclic:
$2669.85 for flooring
$850 for plywood

I've attached a photo so you can see how the Amdry looks installed.

The last thing is the if I went with the laminate I would need to use tile or LVP for the 9sqft bathroom, so I guess the numbers above aren’t quite exact.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Jip0Ni9XqD6NUu52
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Repooc wrote: +1 on Torlys... That's what I've spec'd for my basement reno too.

My contractor was able to source their Elite line (better than premier) of products for $4.50/sq ft. We're going with "Crestview"
jacquesstrap wrote: Highly recommend Torlys Everwood. We installed it in our basement and love it.

https://www.torlys.com/residential/prod ... d-premier/

You can typically find the cork-backed version (Premier) on sale for $4.50ish / sq ft. No underlayment required as it has a cork backing, so that is a consideration for the price as well. The manufacturer does recommend installing a 6 mil vapour barrier beneath it if you have moisture/humidity problems with your basement slab, but other than that you shouldn't need anything else.
Thanks but this is still close to double the price of what I am looking at, I phoned around in Edmonton and Everwood is at $6.50 a square foot. The Duraclic seems relatively unknown but I've looked at it in store, it has a 20 mil wear layer and a foam backing, on sale for under $3/sqft seems like an amazing deal if I went the LVP direction.

That being said, since I've added 1.6 inches of Amdry to the floor, maybe the moisture concerns don't matter much for laminate now as long as I use the underlay? Except for spills I suppose.

Cheers,
Blake
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Blubbs, I'm looking at a similar scenario and wondered if you were happy with your Duraclic choice? Any pics?
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Gigime wrote: Blubbs, I'm looking at a similar scenario and wondered if you were happy with your Duraclic choice? Any pics?
Hey Gigime,

I ended up going with the Kronotex and couldn't be happier, it's got the AC5 wear layer and seems indestructible, very thick and solid floor that installed very securely, people are very impressed with it and it is not a concern at all for moisture being on top of the Amdry subfloor (as long as spills are cleaned up). I also got around 50% off by stacking multiple discounts with Lowes contractor card (I'm a realtor but they basically said anyone with proper business card can get one). I went back twice for price protection discounts. Here are some photos from a while back. I also included a shot of the subfloor underneath.

https://www.lowes.ca/product/laminate-f ... n-l-726598

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