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Basement Flooring Questions

Discussion in 'Questions and Answers' started by texanphinatic, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. texanphinatic

    texanphinatic Senior Member

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    Just bought a "new" house and the basement is a bit dingy. As the first part of improving it, I was looking for something both cheap and easy to slap down on the concrete flooring. The biggest issue is that the previous owners had carpet. The sump pump backed up and the carpet was removed, but it left a thin layer of glue on the concrete.

    From what I could tell, epoxy floors aren't too hard to put in and are not expensive - especially for a self install - but they don't work well with glue. Unfortunately, getting the glue itself off seems to not be easy. Suggestions were everywhere from getting a small scraper to manually scrape it off to belt sanders to grind it off. Meh to all that.

    Is it really a bad thing to just cover all that with epoxy? Or is there something else I could put down without needing to strip the glue?
     
  2. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    I don't really have any answers as to gettung stuff up, but I can tell you that I just built a house with a 1400+ Sq ft basement , and had pretty good flooring put in for a fair price. Primo home brand vinyl planks. They float, so they aren't actually sealed down. Apparently, that's the preferred way to do it in a basement.
     
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    byroan Giggity Staff Member Luxury Box

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    What's your plan with the basement? Mine's fully finished and I have carpet. The carpet is nice because you don't have the worry about the floor being cold.
     
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  4. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

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    I have your solution man. My basement flooded about a month ago carpet etc from a sump pump failure!

    What I did was remove all the excess crap glue whatever you have and laid down vinyl plank flooring I was able to get it from Home Depot (not sure you have them) as in in stock item 1.99 SF. I needed 700 SF to cover my area. Cost less than 2k and that’s with a decent sound proofing vapor barrier (also makes it softer I guess you would say) anyway just finished it up got the coastal oak grey plank and painted the walls and I love it. Will probably toss an area rug in the game section under my chairs but it was cheap looks and feels good 100% waterproof and click lock install so it’s fast and simple.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-De...ank-Flooring-24-74-sq-ft-case-03918/300253426

    Comes in like 8 shades it’s More gray than they show
     
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  5. texanphinatic

    texanphinatic Senior Member

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    It's pretty small, mostly we plan to use for storage, maybe some exercise equipment. Doubt we will do anything fancy. I wouldn't mind carpet but basements and water are like Apple pie and Ice Cream. At least the first time it was an easy fix on the sump rather than foundation.

    The floating plank floor is something I'll check into. We wanted something cheap and easy. :D
     
  6. texanphinatic

    texanphinatic Senior Member

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    What did you do to get the glue off?
     
  7. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

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    I had very little glue, but what I did have a scrapped off with a snow shovel as crazy as that sounds! It got the top thick layer off and so put the vapor barrier on top it worked to hold it in place :) as long as it’s not massive the flooring will lay over it without issue. The barrier will protect it from sticking to your flooring
     
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