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Vinyl flooring for concrete basement

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Vinyl flooring for concrete basement

I’m in the process of finishing up my basement and need to finalize vinyl flooring over concrete floors.
Currently working with a budget of $5/sq ft which includes vinyl and installation. For subfloor I’m going to be going with DMX 1 step 2.0. Won’t be putting OSB on top and dri core is too costly.
Was looking at Torlys everwood but they recommend not putting on dmx as it voids the warranty and could be too squishy.
I’m looking to get the thickest vinyl (~7mm) I can find. Since I have dmx, is it necessary to still put an underlayment if it’s not included on the vinyl? I’m concerned about cold floors
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It would be advised to have raised flooring then a sheet of OSB and then lay your thin vinyl flooring.

Either you cheap out and get cold floors (which is your concern) ... or suck it up ... pay a bit more ... and have warmer flooring in the basement.
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jdmfishingonly wrote: It would be advised to have raised flooring then a sheet of OSB and then lay your thin vinyl flooring.

Either you cheap out and get cold floors (which is your concern) ... or suck it up ... pay a bit more ... and have warmer flooring in the basement.

Dont know how op's house is built but we have a 2 inch rigid foam insulation under our basement slab. I understand this is how most house are built these days.
I got away with using just a cheap regular underlay under the laminate flooring and it never gets cold at all.
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We had vinyl installed in our basement last year with the DMX under it as our subfloor. It was laid directly on the concrete and seems to do a pretty good job of keeping the cold out.
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We had vinyl floor (the thickest rolled vinyl that looks like wood) in our basement in Ottawa. It worked great, and was warm under foot, etc.
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Which vinyl did you get and how thick is it? Did it come with build in underpays as well?

settons wrote: We had vinyl installed in our basement last year with the DMX under it as our subfloor. It was laid directly on the concrete and seems to do a pretty good job of keeping the cold out.

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