Floors AquaGuard flooring

Published on December 15th, 2016 | by Henri

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Laminate flooring for summer house

Q.  We are in a quandary regarding flooring on the lower level of a summer home in Southern Wisconsin. This level includes the kitchen and dining area with a bathroom.  Because it is a summer home it is not heated in the winter (pipes are drained).

Construction is a concrete slab with cinder block walls. The grade is open in front to about 6′ in the rear. This last year new windows were installed. The walls were covered with 2″ InSoFast panels and dry walled.  We plan on using DMX 1-Step for the floor underlayment.  A few years ago a rubber membrane was put on the outside walls down to the footing.  A 4″ drain tile was also installed to divert water away.

Floor & Décor suggests their Aqua Guard laminate instead of other laminate products.  Lowe’s sees no problem with laminates such as, Pergo Max.  The internet has numerous horror stories with Pergo Max (Lowe’s and Home Depot) not holding up shortly after installation.  Previously, adhesive back tiles were installed on plywood raised on furring strips. It lasted 20 plus years until the plywood delaminated towards to back of the room. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

A.    Why don’t you go ahead with Aqua Guard since it is guaranteed to be water-resistant?

The only concern I have with using DMX 1-Step as the underlayment is that the manufacturer claims that it prevents moisture from the concrete to affect the flooring installed over the DMX 1-Step. But where does this moisture go?

It could result in an accumulation of moisture that can eventually cause mold formation. You might want to ask the manufacturer to provide you with a clear and documented explanation of why this would not be a problem. Caveat emptor!

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