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Hardwood Floors In a Basement

Looking to redo the floors in the family room in our basement. Thought about laminate, but the better stuff is about $3 for square foot. My floor guy says he can get me hardwood for that price. I know the typical water/moisture drawbacks, anything else that should make me not go the hardwood way? How much of a difference will 12mm laminate make over the cheaper 8mm?

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If there is*any* chance for water ...... Choose something waterproof like tile.....
Or something easily replaceable like carpet ........ Seriously.


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Thanks Tom. We have carpet now, I considered tile, but I like the appearance of wood, hence the laminate.

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Laminate will bow and buckle just like hardwood if/when moisture gets to it. I have sme I need to rip out of my basement.

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Laminate will bow and buckle just like hardwood if/when moisture gets to it. I have sme I need to rip out of my basement.
Did your place flood or just some minor seepage?

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I appreciate your input, I haven't made a final decision yet.

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How about wood look ceramic tile?

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If flooding or water entering your basement has any remote chance of happening, forget wood or carpet. Period!

I did my man-cave with ceramic tile. Looks very clean and a bit on the luxury side. Easy to maintain but more expensive. It's cold to walk-on barefooted but better than taking a chance and having to live with mold/smelly carpet or wood IMO.
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Carpet is comparatively cheap to rip and replace if something happens.


Tile floor with a nice padded area rug is the easy-clean option.


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Thanks guys. The carpet we priced out was as much as the laminate.

I need to think about the tile instead. Anyone can recommend a tile guy?

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That ceramic wood plank looking tile is where it's at for my basement. I'll be doing that at some point.
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I'm a fan of tile, but not walking on it without shoes (unless you run floor heating which is just pimp) I just replaced my basement with good berber and a thick pad, and I love it. Looks good, feels good, smells good, and as said, easy to rip up.

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Thanks guys. The carpet we priced out was as much as the laminate.

I need to think about the tile instead. Anyone can recommend a tile guy?
My Uncle is a bonded handi man and does tile (he did my basement) and everybody that see's it is impressed. Let me know if you want his contact information.

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I found some pics on my basement...
My Bro built and installed shutter access doors to all water meter, sump pump, and crawl space areas. Trim and baseboard + had a neighbor who sold fireplaces so we bought a couple and installed one in the basement and another in the living room.
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This is the place to go if you are wondering how to turn crutches into a floor lamp or an old television into a console table
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For basements laminate is probably the best option (I would avoid hardwood!)

In the long run, paying the extra for the 12mm may be worth your while
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