Install carpet tiles over laminate in basement?


Actually, the above statement is correct. I have installed many laminate floors over short pile carpet. If you think about it, when you install a foam under the laminate it's like short carpet. For example, Quiet Walk is about an 1/8" thick and then with the flooring it's around 1/4"thick, with some give to it. I would recommend "IF" you are installing over carpet "short pile" then use the "white" foam because you don't need the extra give that quiet walk gives. You will have that from the carpet. Can you imagine trying to pull up short pile carpet, trust me you will wish you would of left it. Typically, with short pile carpet it stapled pretty much everywhere and glued also... I have pulled one up and vowed never again... Now that's why I just leave it and install the "white" foam over it.

If you install over ceramic, make sure that the tiles are not loose or grout is coming out of joints. This will cause buckling from this below the laminate. Not a good thing. If you...

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Measure the length and width of the basement floor and multiply to calculate the square feet you wish to cover. Calculate the number of boxes you will need to cover the floor. The carpet tile box should specify how many square feet its contents cover.

Remove any old carpeting, tiles or loose flooring. Make sure the floor you are going to cover is solid, dry and clean. Ted Helm, president of, recommends sealing concrete basement floors with a water-based sealer before installing the carpet tiles.

Locate the center of the basement floor -- this where you will begin laying the carpet tiles. Fasten the ends of a chalk line or string in diagonal corners of the room. Snap the chalk line to set a line on the floor. Do the same for the opposite diagonal corners. Measure to find the centers of opposite walls and snap a chalk line or run a string from the centers of the opposite walls, marking a grid on the floor.

Place full tiles along the...

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Basement carpet tiles – Basements in a home that is finished typically has a carpeted floor, installed to provide a smooth surface and to keep away the cold. Installing carpet in a basement is the same as any other room in your house. But the best way to install carpet in a basement is to use small squares to give the impression of wall-to-wall carpets instead of using large rolls of carpet. You can do this project by first determining how much tile you must install.

Popular Basement Carpet Tiles

Sweep the floor to remove and dirt and grime with diet. Then clean the remaining dirt from the floor with cleaning solution and a mop. And also remove any baseboard trim that can be attached to the walls with crowbars. Measure the width and length of the basement with measuring tape. Multiply the width by the length to determine the square footage of the room. This calculation will give you the amount of basement carpet tiles you will need. Measure two adjacent walls and...

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by Donna Teagle

Selecting a basement floor can be an overwhelming part of your basement finishing project. Many different materials are available- carpet, tile, laminate, engineered wood and others. Here are some important points to keep in mind when making your decision.

First of all you will need to determine how well your flooring will have to hold up to traffic and moisture. The material you choose will have a great impact on the look, feel and overall warmth of the space.

Wall to wall style carpeting will be the warmest option. The carpet and pad will act as an insulator from the cold concrete underneath.

I personally prefer a short napped carpet with lots of darker colors in it. This stuff is rather indestructible. The new stain repellant products built right in do a great job of protecting the carpet from damage by spills and other "topical" issues.

Further, if you...

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Our dog isn't on it that often but she hasn't scratched it yet and I don't think she will. Just looking at ours it's hard to tell the difference between it and the real hardwood upstairs. On the concrete floor it does have a slightly hollow sound but no creaking or cracking noises. Lying on concrete it is cooler than carpet but we have an area rug in the family room portion so we don't really notice it. Ours is a floating floor, with no glue. I was worried about the glue not holding so that is one reason we went with the locking style. This is the color we went with.

They have a bunch of different colors. One I really liked was an espresso one that had a hand scraped look. It was probably too dark for the basement plus you can see our basement floor from the upstairs foyer with hardwood so we decided that matching the upstairs floor was probably the smartest thing to do.

This is the espresso one.

All that being said I'm kind of "old school" so I...

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Can I install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor? – Dorothy

Hi Dorothy,

The short answer is yes, you can install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor, if the tile floor is in good condition, and the tile are well attached, level, and flat. The process would be the same as installing a laminate floor on a concrete slab.

However, if the existing ceramic tile floor isn’t flat and smooth, or if it has tile that are out of level or have a protruding corner, your laminate flooring will make you feel like you’re walking in a funhouse!

In that case, you can either opt to tear out all the tile and start from scratch, or use a leveling compound on top of the tile floor to even it out prior to installing the laminate.

Good luck with your project,

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Completely empty the room. Remove all furniture as well as anything else that rests on the carpet.


Check the room for moisture problems.

Any drainage issues in the room you're planning to carpet need to be addressed before carpeting. Ignoring the problem now could result in a costly and expensive project down the road, especially if you end up with harmful mold and end up having to tear out the carpet and repeat all your hard work.

Rent or buy a moisture reader to test the humidity yourself. You should do this a week or more prior to carpet installation day to allow plenty of time for the waterproofing to be done.


Air out the carpet out before installation. Carpeting is a chemical soup full of solvents. Allowing it some time to air out will cut down on fumes when you install it.


Remove any doors for ease of installation. You might have to sand down, or use a saw to undercut, the bottom of the doors and trim door...

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Remodeling your basement and not ready to invest $20 a square foot for marble tile or to build a new subfloor so you can lay plush carpeting? Smart move. You need a good, serviceable flooring material that will stand up to abuse and, above all, moisture. Since basements floors are below ground and usually rest atop a concrete slab, moisture is a primary concern. With all of that in mind, the best cheap basement flooring is able to go right over concrete.

Or, you can use the concrete slab itself.


Concrete flooring can be the least expensive choice in a basement because it's already there. Give it a good cleaning, maybe grind down some rough spots and call it good. You can always use throw rugs or carpet tiles (see below) to add warmth and softness to specific areas. If you want a better look to concrete, you can acid-stain it. Acid stain colors concrete through a chemical process, so it's permanent and doesn't leave a surface film like paint. Don't...

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Most people, while in the process of basement finishing, tend to pay the least amount of attention to covering the floor of their basement. While it is important to focus on the structure of design of your basement, it is also important that as you reach the final stages of basement finishing, you start thinking about proper covering for your basement flooring and the finishing touches you will give the space. There are several things that you will need to keep in mind while making a decision about what material to use to cover the basement, like the effect of moisture, mildew, or a flooding situation. In such a situation, one of your best basement flooring options would be to use carpet tiles, which can save you a lot of heartburn.

Basement Carpet Tiles

Many people often ask the reason behind using these tiles for basement floors. There are several factors that will convince you about the suitability of these tiles for the flooring of a basement. Most commercially...

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you sound obviously well read with regard to the issues here. As you might imagine, DIY abatement is a bit of a hot topic. My first thought is, "are you really protecting your own health, and the heath of current and future occupants, by doing this yourself?" Bit of a range of ideas in what defines best practice here. I have worked many public jobs ( schools, government buildings, etc) where abatement of floor tile involved the standard sealing and negative pressurization of the work area, and filtered evacuation of the discharge air, PPE, air quality testing, etc... OTOH, one poster is correct, in residential work it is pretty typical to pop the tiles off the floor and sent them off to the dump. Doesn't mean that it's safe, or healthy, but it's pretty much SOP.

In this case, I would probably disturb the existing floor as little as possible, and go with a commercial grade level loop carpet in most areas, with small areas of tile where needed. This would avoid the need for...

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$6.00 — $8.00 to install (All pricing per square foot) you a ballpark figure on installation costs. How much does it cost to buy/install tile/hardwood floor? Home Service Labor Cost Calculator Cost to Install Vinyl Tile Flooring. I have about 1500 sq ft that I want to buy ceramic tile and hardwood floor to replace all the carpet. I have about 1500 sq ft that I want to buy ceramic tile and hardwood floor to replace all the carpet. How much should I expect to spend per sq ft on materials and labor? What is the labor cost to install carpet tiles with pressure sensitive adhesive? Tile installation prices — labor cost to install ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite, slate tile. Carpet Costs; Hardwood Floor Refinishing prepped at an additional cost in labor. If your existing floor tiles need a Depot also offers a guide on how to install tile. careful...

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Basement flooring tile and mats can quickly transform any basement floor into an attractive and useful exercise room or kids play zone.

Consider basement flooring to:

Create a comfortable area for your family to relaxTransform your basement floor into a home gym floorCreate a kids playroomProvide insulation from the cold of a concrete basement floorMake the most of an unused spaceInstantly make your basement more attractive and versatile, at an affordable cost

When you buy the right flooring for basements, you can transform your basement into an attractive and functional living area, getting more use out of the space. Greatmats basement flooring adds warmth, color, and comfort to areas that need a finished flooring surface.

Our flooring options are designed to work with the existing conditions in your basement. Many of our basement flooring tiles can be used in conjunction with in-floor heat. We have many options which are moisture resistant, too. Most of our...

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Basement floors are notorious for becoming damp. Sadly, moisture will ruin a floor unless necessary precautions are taken. If you do take those precautions, you may end up installing multiple flooring options and spending thousands of dollars. If your basement floors are concrete or they have become uneven, it's time to contact a local basement remodeling pro.

Since flooring experts generally recommend against installing traditional strip or plank hardwoods below grade, the six best options for basement flooring over concrete are:

Wood Laminate Carpet Vinyl Tile Ceramic Tile Rubber Tile


The ideal way to put down a wood floor over concrete that is subject to dampness is to first put down pressure 2-by-4 inch "sleepers," or lengths of wood, on the floor that are spaced 16 inches apart on center. Cover the sleepers with 6-millimeter plastic and then lay down 5/8-inch plywood. Cover the plywood with 15-pound roofing felt, and then install the engineered or...

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ModuTile is happy to introduce our Made in the USA basement flooring, which is completely engineered as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) product. You can install it yourself or just get a handyman to help. It does not require the use of expensive floor contractors. The basement floor tiles are designed to interlock using a loop-to-peg system and can be installed without the messy chemicals, glues, grouting or nails. They are designed to float directly on top of your basement concrete.

ModuTile has various style options that will fit your basement wall color scheme and decor. In the past, many homeowners attempted to install wood floor or laminate wood floors only to have mold issues within a few years after installation. That problem is now solved with our Laminate VCT Wood Look basement floor tiles. They provide you with a high quality wood look without the issues of organic materials. For those of you that prefer a natural stone floor look, we...

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1. How you'd do this with VCT tile:

A) If you use a floor finish:

I probably have more VCT tile experience than most people, and even thought the previous posts are correct in that it will last longer than most other floorings and will conform to a contoured surface, it simply isn't practical for residential purposes unless you're willing to maintain it.

Unlike most other flooring materials, there is a definite technology associated with maintaining VCT floors. There are different ways of maintaining them, but the most common one is called "scrub and recoat".

In the "Scrub and Recoat" method, you apply MANY coats of acrylic floor finish to the VCT tile floor after you install it. For a 14 by 14 foot floor, I'd probably apply one gallon of sealer followed by a gallon of finish. That'd work out to be about 7 or 8 full coats of each (not counting the coats applied running the mop out with water).

Then, once every several years, you use a floor...

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