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What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:54:54 AM »
I had a sleeper floor installed in my basement (sleeper floors were already present in 2 bedrooms & bathroom, but not in the living room & hallway) - I was going to put vinyl plank down, but was recently told the vinyl plank is not covered when put over a sleeper floor. In addition another worker doing my tile came by today and when I told him my plan he highly recommended against it. he also said there should be no bounce in any areas ("it should be a floor")

The communication from my reno company has been pretty poor. What kind of flooring should I put over the sleeper floor? Is there anything aside from carpet that works? This is getting done through my insurance.

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Re: What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 12:26:05 PM »
I would tile over the concrete and then use area rugs. If you ever have a leak, you'll be glad not to be pulling up the moldy sleeper floor to dry out the water underneath. Another option with tile is to install radiant floor heating, which in a basement would benefit the whole house!

Otherwise, something like a solid laminate (the waterproof kind) might be a possibility over a sleeper floor, as could rolled vinyl.

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Re: What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2021, 06:00:00 AM »
I would tile over the concrete and then use area rugs. If you ever have a leak, you'll be glad not to be pulling up the moldy sleeper floor to dry out the water underneath. Another option with tile is to install radiant floor heating, which in a basement would benefit the whole house!

Otherwise, something like a solid laminate (the waterproof kind) might be a possibility over a sleeper floor, as could rolled vinyl.

Same. Basement sleeper floors are incomprehensible to me. They break my brain.

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Re: What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2021, 10:30:37 AM »
+1 on tiling a basement.  If you have a sleeper floor, I'd imagine someone was worried about water. That or take the check from the insurance company and have someone lay inexpensive vinyl plank right on the concrete minus the sleeper floor. I'd imagine installing the sleeper floor adds a ton to the cost, causes a loss of ceiling height and needs to be torn out if it gets soaked.

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Re: What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2021, 12:06:19 PM »
I know you still did the sleeper floor over the other recommendations in other threads.  So there is no use discussing that.

I want to revisit why your vinyl planks would not be suitable.  Do your sleepers run 16oc? What subfloor did you put on top?  If its 3/4 ply on 16oc sleepers, I see no reason to not use the vinyl. 


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Re: What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 09:52:54 AM »
The tile is an interested suggestion - this is a living room in the basement of a house I'll be using as a rental in the near future - wouldn't tile in a basement where people move in furniture be more prone to breaking compared to putting down vinyl or something else?

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Re: What flooirng to use on sleeper floor?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2021, 11:27:02 AM »
Normal furniture movement shouldn't be an issue if the tile is installed correctly - solid base, proper thinset application, etc. If it's expected to see abnormally rough usage, porcelain tile is a fair amount stronger than ceramic, although it is usually more expensive.