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Old 2013-07-03, 11:39 PM
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Does anyone here have any experience with DMX-1 Step underlayment? I am planning to put laminate flooring and tile directly over it.

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Old 2013-07-04, 12:53 AM
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I've used the similar DeltaFL product at a cottage, but that is all hard plastic that "clicks" over low spots in the concrete floor as you walk. I like how the DMX-1 product has a softer layer on the bottom. I've seen it in the stores, and if I was doing another laminate floor in a basement, this would be at the top of my list.

For carpeted basements, I've heard of a new competitor of Dricore that uses no wood products. I'm waiting for it to come out before I finish the basement of my house.
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Old 2013-07-04, 09:10 AM
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Depending on the cost is sounds like a good alternative to dricore and barricade. I used barricade and framed on top, it served two purposes, a subfloor and a fastening base for my walls.

Bart - I think the product you are referring to is out...someone else mentioned it recently, same idea, it is a tile but not made of wood right? If so I saw it somewhere just cannot remember where.
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It might be out, it's been a few weeks since I talked to the guy who works at the company that's developing it, but it will be in limited distribution for a while from what I understand. 2x2 tiles that you can lay carpet over directly, like Dricore or Barricade, but no OSB or plywood is all I'll say for now. I saw an early prototype, but it's changed since then.
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Old 2013-07-04, 06:14 PM
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Thanks guys. Do you think I can lay tiles directly on the DMX-1? It seems springy for tiles.

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What kind of tiles?
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What kind of tiles?
Ceramic tiles.

Can I put thinset on top of the DMX-1 to make it more solid?

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Old 2013-07-08, 10:20 AM
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No way in hell. This stuff isn't stiff enough for ceramic tiles. I doubt you could make it stiff enough with 3/4" ply, because there will always be a fair amount of movement over low spots, but you can ask the manufacturer.

Most tile in the basement is directly on the concrete, with mesh or ditra, and perhaps a radiant heating mat if you want it.
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I may be wrong but I believe the other options like dricore and barricade if tapconed to the concrete could be tiled over...
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Perhaps if you overlayed it with plywood, or tapcon it every 8" or less. I just don't see it listed anywhere as a suitable substrate for tile, and given what I know about a rolled plastic system like this which wants to curl, I don't see how you could use it for tile.
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