How To Install Vinyl Tile On Concrete Basement Floor
Epoxy floor coatings are good if you can live with a hard surface flooring. Epoxy comes in a lot of colors, is totally waterproof, and it's easy to apply. Ceramic tile is the designer's choice, with tons of colors and styles. It's unaffected by moisture and goes directly onto concrete that's smooth and free of cracks.
Fortunately, concrete floors can be covered with a variety of more attractive materials, including vinyl tile, which is simple to install. A concrete floor should be sealed to
Vinyl Tile. Vinyl is a beautiful and convenient flooring choice for any basement. For vinyl tile, skip the 15-pound felt and apply mastic directly to the plywood. A thicker grade is a good idea if the concrete is uneven, to keep people walking on the surface from feeling the bumps beneath the tiling.
Once finished, a porcelain tile installation over concrete will last generations, ensuring your investment is beyond a mere one- to five- year warranty that some floor finishes have.
If you find moisture, you will need to abandon the vinyl tile installation project. Clean the cement thoroughly with a push broom and a wet vacuum. Let the concrete floor dry for 24 hours.
Moisture is the main problem to tackle when preparing a basement floor for painting or tiling. The following Q&A about prepping a basement for vinyl tile flooring installation sheds light on how to prevent tile damage from moisture and debris. One of our in-house experts provided answers to a reader question about this common procedure.