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Help with Basement Flooring Choice


By WMSpin

3 years ago



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    #51 3 years ago

    Here ya go. Light it up! LOL. Just kidding. Seriously, some of my flooring in my new game room basement will be real football astro-turf from a previous NFL stadium. I got a piece that is 10'x13'. The pins will not go on it though ... just for my football hall of nostalgia going to the game room area. Should be cool. Keeping an eye on this thread for ideas. Kind of like the black light short pile carpet for the pin area.

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    #52 3 years ago
    Quoted from yzfguy:

    So, adhesive is preferred? Will the self stick dots allow the tiles to shift? I found blacklight squares that claim to have padding already on them, so you would have a cushier feel. Ever use those?

    Pressure sensitive adhesive is the best method. Dragging machines around with only the dots may cause them to buckle. I forget exactly what the backing was on those specific tiles and if PSA would work with it. Never used the ones with attached cushion.

    #53 3 years ago

    Thanks for the info, now if only they had blacklight tiles!

    #54 3 years ago

    Op, is your basement prone to flooding?

    We just "finished" our basement, but our basement used to flood frequently. We have a sump pump in the corner, and the basement floor has a gutter than runs around the perimeter.

    Before I moved all the pinball machines down there, we installed this stuff called "DRIcore" before laying down any flooring. It's a little expensive, but it effectively raises the floor up about a half an inch, and it has plastic feet so the water can run under the floor into the sump. Since then, we haven't had a single water issue, even through both hurricane Irene and Sandy.

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    After we laid down that raised subfloor, we went for simple and cheap, and put down indoor/outdoor carpet. It's not the nicest thing in the world, but it's easy to clean when someone spills their beer or the cats drag their litter out of the litter boxes.

    #55 3 years ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    Op, is your basement prone to flooding?
    We just "finished" our basement, but our basement used to flood frequently. We have a sump pump in the corner, and the basement floor has a gutter than runs around the perimeter.
    Before I moved all the pinball machines down there, we installed this stuff called "DRIcore" before laying down any flooring. It's a little expensive, but it effectively raises the floor up about a half an inch, and it has plastic feet so the water can run under the floor into the sump. Since then, we haven't had a single water issue, even through both hurricane Irene and Sandy.

    After we laid down that raised subfloor, we went for simple and cheap, and put down indoor/outdoor carpet. It's not the nicest thing in the world, but it's easy to clean when someone spills their beer or the cats drag their litter out of the litter boxes.

    We're extremely pleased with DriCore too. It really makes standing for a long time much easier and keeps the basement warmer in the winter.

    #56 3 years ago

    Have a look at LVP... luxury vinyl plank. It's easy to install, no nails or glue, pretty cheap, and looks great.

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    #57 3 years ago

    My basement is epoxy coated with a large section of Flor brand tiles. They dont move an inch and are replaceable.

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    #58 3 years ago
    Quoted from radium:

    Have a look at LVP... luxury vinyl plank. It's easy to install, no nails or glue, pretty cheap, and looks great.

    Anyone have the LVP installed in their game room? How does it hold up to the feet of each pin? Do they mark the vinyl?

    #59 3 years ago
    Quoted from Schwaggs:

    I have a large saltwater fish tank in one wall of my game room so carpet was out as water spills are a fact of life with big aquariums.
    I chose to acid stain the concrete and seal it with Eagle Supreme Seal. Cost a total of $150 for a 650sf room, looks awesome and is bullet proof. The Supreme Seal gives the concrete a nice finish. More shine can be had with more coats (I did 3). Sliding metal game feet across it does not scratch it. If it were to scratch, I can brush/roll on more of the supreme seal and it dissolves itself and the scratch will disappear.
    The drawback was that the Supreme Seal is solvent based and takes quite a while before the solvent odor dissipates. You must ventilate the room for quite a while (3 weeks in my case) so don't finish it in the heat of the summer or cold of the winter.

    Pics of tank?

    #60 3 years ago

    Anyone have click lock vinyl in a basement with pinball machines here? I'm also re doing our basement and we want to go with vinyl but I don't know anyone with it in a basement with pinball machines. I would love to see some pictures of how it stands up.

    #61 3 years ago

    +1

    As for the flooring, I'm going through this right now with my basement project. I'm doing a variety of flooring, but have settled on tile for the bathroom & bar, short nap carpet for the game room and a laminate for the pool table / fish tank area.

    I was initially opposed to laminate having memories of the cheap stuff you find in your grandmother's house. It turns out that the laminate these days pretty much looks like engineered hardwood. I saw it in the store thinking it was engineered hardwood. It seems to be very durable. I bought a box and threw it on the floor temporarily during construction to see how it would stand up to abuse. I've drug nail guns across it, tossed paint cans on it, dropped a hammer on it, etc. No scratches or damage that I can see.

    The last thing I wanted to do was put it down and find out it isn't durable. Not sure how it would stand up to a death save though.

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    #62 3 years ago

    Thanks for all the ideas - After looking at different products and price points, I think we are going to go with LVP - It's going to be a large space and the LVP is waterproof and offers a wide variety in colors/styles. Will post some before and after pics when it's done.

    Thanks Again,

    Mike V.

    #63 3 years ago

    Polyaspartic epoxy in Carribean blue.

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    #64 2 years ago

    I'm going to go with tile in the bar and pool table area and low pile carpet (maybe black light carpet) in my pin area.

    Good luck with all the flooring projects and post pics in a thread somewhere.

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    #65 2 years ago

    Just a quick update - We went the LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) route and I'm happy with the end result. Now I will have to keep an eye on the wear or hopefully lack of it. Just moved the first 2 in on Wednesday - Should have the rest of them in by the end of next - Will update with more pics!!

    Mike V.

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