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Flooring Over Concrete

A Carpet that can Install in your Basement over a concrete floor

When laid directly on your concrete basement floor, traditional carpeting alone is not appropriate for a basement finishing project. Water leaking into the basement from the walls and or coming from plumbing leaks as well as water vapor seeping through concrete basement floors will find its way into your basement and collect in the carpet. Soon after you’ll notice that mold and mildew will form, releasing musty smells into your finished basement and will affect your health. Eventuall you’ll have ti rip the carpet up and replace it. Continue reading

Installing Peel and Stick Tiles over Garage Floor

The owner of the company demonstrates the installation of black and white checkerboard pattern peel and stick vinyl tile on a cement garage floor. Although he’s been selling this tile for over 10 years as a wholesale distributor, this is the first time he’s ever installed peel and stick tiles himself. Here, captured on video in his own home. To see all our great styles and super-low wholesale prices, go to www.mazerwholesale.com

He is installing peel and stick tiles today on his own garage floor. This is his first ever attempt at installing tile himself.
This floor is old It has oil and rust stains. It has only been broom swept and scrubbed with soapy water just 1 hour prior to the filming of this video. Clean the surface as thoroughly as possible for best adhesion of the peel and stick tile. This floor has 40+ years of ground-in dirt & stains.
Boxes are packed neatly into larger cartons to assure lowest shipping cost and maximum protection against damage.
The adhesive on this tile is really strong. It sticks on cement, wood, and previously laid flooring. Just peel off the paper backing and stick the tile down. Just put one tile in front of the other and work your way to the wall. It’s THAT simple to install peel and stick tiles.
If you don’t position a tile correctly, just peel it up and reposition it.

You have a couple minutes before the adhesive really sticks strong.
In just a few minutes your floor starts looking great. It’s exciting to see your progress so quickly!

 

Installing Laminate Flooring over Concrete

This article speaks specifically to Armstrong and Bruce Laminate flooring and may pertain to other brands of laminate flooring. Armstrong Laminate Flooring can be installed over most subfloors and existing floors on all grade levels.

All substrates must:

  • meet applicable building codes
  • be structurally sound
  • show minimal deflection
  • be dry, clean and flat

Precautions:

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Installing Tile over a Concrete Floor

Installing tile of a concrete floor is possible provided the necessary preparation steps are followed

Paint, cutback adhesives, gypsum based fillers or levelers, sealers, or chemically treated cement substrates are unsuitable surfaces to install ceramic tile over and should be removed by non-chemical methods whenever possible. Continue reading

Installing and Using Carpet over your concrete basement floor

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All carpets are manufactured with synthetic fibers; nylon, polyester or polypropylene, and are  immune from mold and mildew.

To support mold growth, certain specific conditions must exist: humidity consistently above 60%, temperatures between 50 and 90°F, continued darkness, a pH of 3 to 8, and a food source. As a form of thermal plastic, carpet cannot, in and of itself, be a food source for supporting the growth of mold and mildew. Things like dirt and food that get trapped in the carpet fibers can become a food source, but the carpet alone cannot. Continue reading

Installing Carpeting over Concrete

You can install carpeting over concrete provided the necessary site conditions exist, the cement floor is prepared correctly and moisture and alkalinity testing is properly performed

Site Conditions
The environment in which the carpet is to be installed must be controlled with the temperature between 65° F and 95° F (18° C and 35° C) and the relative humidity between 10% and 65%. The slab temperature should not be less than 65° F (18° C). These conditions must be maintained for at least 48 hours before, during, and 48 hours after the installation. Continue reading

Installing Hardwood Plank flooring over Concrete

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Wood is affected by climate change.  The wood fibers expand and contract with fluctuations in relative humidity. This movement and the resulting moisture problems can be controlled with proper installation techniques and the use of high quality wood flooring products.

If you’re going to be installing over concrete, it’s very important that you understand what part of the tree the boards are cut from and the manner in which the boards were processed. Both of these factors are vital to your overall success and satisfaction with the floor.  Wood cut from the center of a tree contains a higher percentage of vertical grain which makes it less susceptible to movement and thus a higher quality material. Continue reading

Adhesive Installation Over Concrete floors

Adhesive Installation Over Concrete Subfloors

Carpet with porous backings can usually be installed successfully over concrete floors, but the risk of moisture-related problems increases.

Site Conditions
The environment in which the carpet is to be installed must be controlled with the temperature between 65° F and 95° F (18° C and 35° C) and the relative humidity between 10% and 65%. The slab temperature should not be less than 65° F (18° C). These conditions must be maintained for at least 48 hours before, during, and 48 hours after the installation.

Floor Preparation
The concrete must be inspected to determine the special care that might be required to make it a suitable foundation for carpet. All cracks, holes, joints, and protrusions must be adequately addressed to ensure a smooth, finished appearance and prevent accelerated wear. Continue reading

What Flooring works best in your basement?

Picking floors for the basement can be quite a task because basements often come with a set of restrictions that make you fully search  around every possible flooring option with the fear hat  moisture may ruin your floor in the future.  Its best to consider all of the options you have, like hardwood floor, laminate, ceramic and porcelain tile, for example, and make an educated decision. Continue reading

Basement Floor Covering – Commercial Carpet Tiles Are the Answer

By Eric M Dyer

Basement floor covering is one of the last things you think about when finishing a basement. People tend to focus more on the structural designs first (for good reasons!) and then when the project is wrapping up, the items such as basement floor covering, paint and finishing touches are handled. That is normal and fine of course. The structural issues in a basement are a big deal obviously. However, when it comes to picking a floor covering for basements, your decision can be a wise or costly one. Moisture and mildew can ruin most floor coverings. Even worse, a flooded basement can bring a lot of headaches. If you use the right basement floor covering up front you can avoid some issues and even save money on your budget with the right deal. Commercial carpet squares and tiles have many advantages that make them a perfect choice for basement floor covering. There are 5 reasons why commercial carpet tile works great for basement flooring. Continue reading

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