Im wanting to build a small home on top of a concrete
slab. And I do NOT want wall to wall carpet. I want a
hard surface floor.
Having said that..... what options do I have for
putting something flooring wise on top of concrete?
We just finished installing a cork floating floor in our house. Part of the
house is on a concrete slab, and the only precaution was to first roll down
a vapor barrier (plastic sheet taped at the seams.)
Please let me know how it works out for you!
Im wanting to build a very small one person home or
cabin. Want to use SIP panels....and build it on a
slab. Maybe even A frame style not sure.
I do know that one can also just finish the concrete
slab and use it that way. See the link. What do you
think of this method?
chk out photo gallery in above link
Staining concrete can yield an attractive, albeit cold, floor. However
before staining it is imperative that the concrete not be "stained." No
drops of caulking or liquid nails on the concrete, no PVC cement, no
oils, etc. It only looks good when applied to pristine concrete. Most
contstruction workers will leave the concrete in a condition that
renders it unstainable.
Not all wood. Standard wood flooring must be on a sub base. Engineered wood
can be installed as a floating floor over a water barrier. Big difference.
I tried the stickum tiles (12x12) in my Kitchen on bare concrete
and over a couple of years they have started coming loose in
areas. Even when I applied cement and put them down again
they have popped loose. I was thinking about just putting an
indoor/outdoor carpet over them and just forgetting about it.
I might have missed something but I did think they would adhere
to the cleaned concrete surface! I guess that was my mistake.
I did put the squares in my "tiled" bathroom and have had zero
Lee "Edwin Pawlowski" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message > > "Ron" < email@example.com> wrote in message
You might have a moisture problem. tape a plactic bag over the slab for
a day or two and see if the concrete darkens or condensation forms --
if it does, you have a moisture problem which you'll need to address.
And of course, flatness is important.
who is reading a book about this stuff, but doesn't actually know
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was played by maxwell monningh 8-p
I love my Pergo floor, which is on a slab. Vapor barrier goes down
first, then spongy floor treatment. They may have a one-product solution
now. The Pergo I chose is Alpine Beech (very "blond") and I did a border
around it with Pergo "Tiles" that look like stone. Worked out
Using Pergo was another idea I have had.
However Ive heard Pergo type floors can be a bit hollow
sounding when walked on. But I guess you can put down
the spongy floor treatment to help that. No?
That's why I was asking abt the tile corks. Supposed
to be quieter and allow some insulation from the cold
I wouldn't say my floor sounds hollow, but maybe compared to some other
floors it does. I like the fact that it's quite resiliant and easy to
clean. It has been down for three years so far, and the only scratch on
it is where I dropped an AC duct vent. The sharp metal corner dug in a
bit, making a small blemish a few mm across. I filled it in with some
Pergo putty and it is nearly invisible. It stands up well to the
depredations of our cat, spills clean up easily, and the ash dust near
the woodburning fireplace has NOT blackened the tiny seams between
Note that I put down the glued version of Pergo, not the glueless
My only concern is that if I suffer a catastrophic plumbing failure (or
if rain/swow water ever gets in), and the basement floods, the floor is
For the bathroom down there, I went with ceramic tile.
We just finished installing an engineered/floating wood in our house -
laid the floor over a product called dri-core. snap together 2'x2'
waferboard panels, with a raised/waterproof vapor barrier on the
underside. Dri-core uses small metal levelers to ensure a level
floor. Worked great, insulated the cold concrete, and the engineered
floor went over it without a hitch.
Thanks Steve! Sounds like it worked out great for
Im wanting to build a home.... I know very little abt
construction..... so trying to learn and teach myself
abt various things.
Have been asking myself question such as "What kind of
flooring would I use and why"...... "What type of
heating and why"...... "What type of water heater and
why? Basically just thinking things out a
bit....learning...... and then going to an architect
and suggesting all these ideas to him and see what he
Careful. We suggested things to our architect and he just went ahead and
put them in the plan. Never stopped to tell us that none of it was
affordable. 1st quote was 3 times our budget. In the end the architect
added 18 months ,little value and lots of money to our project.
Be VERY clear that they are questions and the architect must always work
within your budget. If you already have a general contractor, he'll have
a much better handle on pricing.
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