Author Topic: How to tile basement laundry room  (Read 1800 times)

Fortuna

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How to tile basement laundry room
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:17:39 AM »
Looking to see if there are any tile setting experts in the MMM world who can help me?

I put vinyl plank flooring, the kind that comes in 1' x 3' planks and glues together, in my laundry room.  Two problems.  First the seems come apart probably due to the cold and moisture wicking up through the concrete (manufacturer claimed it could work on the concrete but no!).  Second there is some efflorescence coming up through the concrete and that creates the white powder under the tile and has a damp smell.

So I am looking for a  better option.  Can I tile it?  What do I have to do to make sure the tile thinset will adhere with the concrete given the problems above?  Should I put a membrane down like Kurdi?

Thanks!

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Re: How to tile basement laundry room
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 01:04:48 PM »
No specific  advice.  Just popped in to say that you may want to try the DIY forum. I have tile in my basement, including the laundry room, set over concrete. It has held up well with no problems.

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Re: How to tile basement laundry room
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2016, 01:10:33 PM »
I would think so.  But I've only done a handful of tile jobs.

The real tile experts are here:  http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/

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Re: How to tile basement laundry room
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2016, 05:57:10 PM »
Don't know about tiling, but we had good luck with cork flooring from home depot in our old basement. We put down a thick vapor barrier and some insulating underlay and then the snap together flooring on top. The cork was able to expand and contract because it was just clicked together, and we could pull out and replace a plank pretty easily if it buckled or got damaged. It made the floor a lot warmer. The vapor barrier stopped the little bit of moisture coming through.

Mind you I have no expertise in this and I'm not sure we did it right. But it was relatively cheap and easy, looked good and worked at least for a few years. We moved, so can't comment on its longevity.

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Re: How to tile basement laundry room
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2016, 08:06:58 PM »
No specific  advice.  Just popped in to say that you may want to try the DIY forum. I have tile in my basement, including the laundry room, set over concrete. It has held up well with no problems.

Duh!  Good point forget that was there - I have posted it there as well.