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Radical Flooring suggestions

Love going thru this thread and seeing everyone's great designs/theaters..


Right now have a simplistic home theater in the basement and will be upgrading this year. My main problem is flooring.


Have carpet now but during spring and summer, very musty (no a/c but have dehumidifier) as carpet absorbs the musty-ness. So first and foremost, time to replace the carpet It is uneven so hardwood/laminate is out of the picture.


Wife wants to do a painted floor, like you do in a garage with the sprinkled in flecs as I feel this is too sanitary and cold during winter months.
I was thinking gym flooring, those rubber mats that interlock, nice and cushy on the feet.


Long story short, anyone have something "radical" on their floor.

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Any minor leaks in the basement?


Seal the floor and do a Dricore subfloor perhaps?
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Appreciate the insight. No moisture to my knowledge. House is 25 yrs old. Carpet was changed in 06. Again just musty.

Going to try and steam clean with vinegar which was recommended by a few sites but thinking long term
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Interesting Italian material

Hello Shawn,

I live on a house 120 years old that was constructed on a swamp. The engine that did it left a 50 cm air gap between foundation and basement floor, so we still have humidity coming up but it dries completely after 2 to 3 days. All the architects that I consulted wanted to do a completely new floor, but I disagree, since this is working well for 120y.

The I found this material from Geoplast in Italy. It's called Mini modulo. It something like the DRIcore subflorring but the advantage on my opinion is that they just provide de plastic mushrooms.
50X50 cm plastic tiles with a mushroom format that will leave either a 3, 6 or 9cm gap between your floor and the mini modulo. You'll also need a chimney pointing to the south and other to the north, connected to the gap between floor and mini modulo. The system works by difference on air pressure, so humid air is push out by one chimney wile it sucks fresh air from outside on the other one.
After this you do a new flooring as normal:
Contret - 2 to 3 cm
Vapour barrier - just a plastic sheet to avoid any humidity to come up.
Insulation
OSB - (Oriented Strand Board)
New flooring

This is the link to the material, I just don't know if it's available on the US.
geoplast . it and look for mini modulo. I still cannot post links....sorry

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Moving from carpet to hard concrete. Sound issues and comfort will seem to be an issue.

I don't have a lot of experience, but cork flooring may be worth looking at.
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Stained concrete

You can do a stained concrete to make it colorful and then throw down some large area rugs.

http://etchedinstonedesigns.com/Stained_Concrete.html

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I'm going to be taking the DRICore, then pad and carpet route. The "musty-ness" you describe is the moisture coming up from the concrete slab floor. The DRICore will act as a barrier for the vapor, and add an R value of insulation.

Since you asked for "radical," I've seen the OSB top of the DRICore stained and poly'd and that was the first thing that came to mind. For a home theater though, I'd definitely recommend throwing a pad and carpet on top for sound...although I know that isn't very radical.
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if you have moisture problems from the floor isn't it a bad idea to put dri-core over the top? Won't you trap a ton of moisture under the subfloor and get massive mold under there? Maybe it's ok though since it's trapped underneath?
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All great recommendations, thank you!

Make it a Great Day,

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