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Old 2010-01-17, 12:13 PM
nielboy nielboy is offline
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Default What is most economical flooring for basement aside from carpet?

What is the most economical flooring for basement aside from carpet? We were thinking of going with ceramic tile but have been told by a couple of friends that the laminate and even engineered hardwood are overall cheaper to go with in the basement. We always assumed that laminate was more than ceramic tile and that engineered hardwood was even more than laminate.

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Old 2010-01-17, 02:22 PM
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you shouldn't put engineered hardwood in basements due to moisture issues. I did my basement for $2100 (about $3.50 / sq ft installed) with quality nylon carpet and 11mm underpad. Not sure you could do it cheaper than that unless you installed tile or laminate yourself. Even if you paid $1 / sq foot for ceramic, the install would cost you $4-$5 / sq foot.
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Old 2010-01-17, 08:15 PM
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Ceramic would be the least expensive. Engineered hardwood would be the most expensive. And yes, you CAN install engineered hardwood directly on slab. You cannot install solid hardwood in basements.
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