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mike smith123
09-16-2007, 08:15 PM
i have 1000sqft of basement floor to tile bulges in floor in many parts of the room.

my questions

what should i do level out concrete?

should i tile or put laminate?

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muskymike
09-16-2007, 08:28 PM
Hi Mike, you could use some SLC or do a mud bed to level it. Prolly the mud bed would be way cheaper than SLC now seeing you have 1000 sq ft.

jadnashua
09-16-2007, 08:29 PM
Well, laminate needs a flatter floor than tile!

Basements can have a cold floor, a laminate might be warmer, but I don't particularly like the look. Plus, if it gets damp, then the laminate will fail quickly.

How much is the variation? That will somewhat determine a couple of choices. Take the longest straighedge you can find, a long 2x4 or similar will work if straight, and measure. If you have a laser level, that makes it quicker and easier. Let us know how far out it is.

You can rent a concrete scarcifier (fancy grinder) that can possibly take care of the high spots, but there are other methods that can work.