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Old September 27, 2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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TrafficMaster Vinyl Flooring or (cheap) laminate plank


TrafficMaster Allure Vinyl Flooring or (cheap) laminate plank ($1 per sqft).

I like the look of the TrafficMaster, but feel the laminate plank is more substantial. The floor to be covered is the concrete basement floor - which is hardly ever used -and won't be any time soon!

I know the TrafficMaster can go directly on the concrete - but is there a problem if i put it on a floating floor underlay - say Quiet Walk? I would like a little more cushion than laying it on bare concrete.

I think the laminate plank is ugly - but really don't want to spend much more money on a room that is hardly used - Its just that the bare concrete is uglier than the laminate! And no, i don't want to paint the concrete.

Need some help. Anyone who can tell me I can give the TrafficMaster more cushion gets my vote!! Thank you!

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Old September 27, 2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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There is a sound barrier for Konecto/Allure but I don't think it adds much cushion.
Adding QuietWalk under Allure wouldn't be a good idea.

Cheap laminate is cheap for a reason and many times it is because of the poor quality core used in them that doesn't hold up well.

You may be better off with an IVC vinyl floor which is cushioned.

What are the dimnesions of the area you wish to have covered?

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Old September 27, 2008, 02:06 PM   #3
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Well, its 1200 sqft basement. My husband says no to vinyl and I say no to carpeting.

I was hoping the TrafficMaster would be a nice alternative. I've read a lot saying that the TrafficMaster can be placed directly on old vinyl flooring - and I wonder how much difference could there be if I got a quality underlay and used it over the concrete and under the TrafficMaster. I'm hard headed. I don't understand what problems could happen if I use a quality underlay. Seems reasonably similar to an old vinyl floor.

I am eternally grateful for your input. My father was a do-it-yourselfer...my husband is not. I on the other hand learned a lot from my father.....I have a hard head! Thank you. cheri

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Old September 27, 2008, 02:16 PM   #4
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1200 ft area to cover? Probably don't want the sheet vinyl then.

Those types of underlays usually have more give than sheet vinyl would but hey if you want to give it a try feel free and report back and let us know how it works.

Allure is vinyl, so hubby doesn't want that ?
How come you don't want carpet? Too hard to DIY?

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Hubby dooesn't like sheet vinyl...and carpet in the basement? Not for me. Too many smells. But, I will try the TrafficMaster on an underlay and report back. Thanks! Cheri

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