Basement Flooring

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Posted by: from Toronto
1/26/2013 at 11:12:27 PM

My basement's laminate floor was damaged by water heater leak and need to be replaced. I am considering several options but none is perfect.

Several contractors said that tile with radiant heating will be the best choice. Tile it not a soft material, electric heating expensive to pay for electricity, hydronic is very expensive to install. Other option is to put Delta fl subfloor with laminate or cork on top. This one it much nice for foot, but I am afraid that some other leak will happened and we will need to replace the floors again.

Thank you for your advice!

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Date/Time1/27/2013 at 10:56:04 PM

A product like delta or similar will save your floor from minor water leaks. It won't help if the basement floods or water is sprayed on top of the floor.

Also did you have a catch pan installed under your new water heater, connected to a floor drain? That will also help next time the water heater leaks.

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Jeff from Newson Interiors in Dunrobin
Date/Time1/28/2013 at 2:17:52 PM


I'm assuming that the water had to flow under your laminate in order to reach the floor drain in another room.

Installing a raised subfloor system such as delta or dricore is the best solution to your issue. It will raise the finished flooring above the concrete making it warmer as well as allow small water leaks to flow under it toward the drain. It will also open options for finished floor materials because moisture and cold are no longer an issue.

As an added precaution, ant partition (non load bearing) walls should be built on top of the new subfloor system to allow water to flow unobstructed toward the floor drain.

Hope that helps,


Jeff Newson,

Newson Interiors

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Sveta in Toronto
Date/Time1/28/2013 at 5:45:01 PM

Thank you very much James, did not know about catch pan, will definitely install one!

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Sveta in Toronto
Date/Time1/28/2013 at 5:47:23 PM

Thank you Jeff for your reply!

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