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Question DetailsAsked on 3/26/2016

what is the best flooring to lay in a front room of a house on an incline where front of house is at water table?

The house is over 100 years old. Currently there is old carpet over tiles (the tiles may contain asbestos). I very much want to remove the old carpet and do not want to replace with carpet. Ideally, I would put down wood flooring but think this may not work. Porcelain tile? Laminate? Vinyl tiles?
The front room is over a basement which is unfinished - stone walls that can feel cool but no actual sweating. We have a dehumidier in the basement which always collects water, but even before using it the wall on the hillside felt moist, but not droplets.

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Only thing you can reasonably put over the vinyl or asbestos-asphaltic tiles would be a "floating" covering - carpet or a wood/laminate/vinyl flooring on a pad. To do tile or polished concrete or adhesive-mounted vinyl tiles or such would require removing the existing tiles because any adhesive or grout-based flooring would not stick properly. Removing the existing tiles is not as difficult or expensive as you would think - commonly $3-5/SF range with typically a $500 to $1000 minimum charge on smaller jobs.

With the moisture problem potential, two common solutions:

1) remove the tiles and go with ceramic or porcelain tile, stone, or polished concrete

2) put down a vapor barrier, then a pad and floating floor over that - in your case, to be on the safer side one could go with 100% vinyl flooring material (not sensitive to moisuture) rather than wood based, but as long as you put down 5 mil or thicker vapor barrier (or integral vapor barrier type pad) sealed at the walls I would not hesitate to use hardwood or laminate as long as you do not get water intrusion or warter ever contacting the house walls/sill at the close to ground level side.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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