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Old 07-12-2010, 05:51 PM
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Default Options for basement man cave flooring?

As part of a recent home renovation, I was able to wiggle in a man cave (more like man room, but at least it's something) in our unfinished basement. The contractor put up the studs, walls, lights, etc, so I've got a pretty good jump on things. The MC will pretty much be a bar, bar stools, table, chairs, and a TV with perhaps a few other small items. We had some new concrete poured into the area since the existing was pretty old, uneven, etc. Now I need to finish the flooring somehow.

What are some options for easy flooring finishes for a concrete floor? I read a few other posts and ran across these two items:

http://www.quikretecoatings.com/epox...eFloorCoat.jsp
http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=15

I'm also aware of the acid staining option as well, but that seems a bit difficult. Anyone tried the two above products or have any other advice?

First post here, thanks for any help.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:50 PM
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Default Re: Options for basement man cave flooring?

engineered hardwood is a piece of cake to put down. check out the mohawk line. the flooring comes in 5ft planks 6 in. wide made with plywood bottom with real hardwood on top. you can do a 10 x 10 room in about 2 hours
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Default Re: Options for basement man cave flooring?

I know people that have had luck with both the quickrete and the rustolium stuff. I think the biggest issue is getting the concrete floor very clean before you put it down, however in your case, it's new concrete, so it shouldn't be an issue. I'd still as a precaution do an acid bath to etch the concrete to give the paint a little extra bonding power to it.

Otherwise, the choices are carpet, astroturf, sawdust, hardwood flooring, etc.
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Use a garage floor coating. The basement epoxy is the same price as the garage coat but is not as hardy. Make sure you buy a 2 part water based epoxy and do not etch new concrete. Just clean and apply the epoxy.
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Behr makes a great concrete paint that you can have tinted to any color you want. With this paint you will want to clean and etch the concrete before you start painting, and this is the most time consuming and laborious work involved. But, if done correctly will last forever! Here are some pics of when I did mine about 3 yrs ago, and I still get comments on how nice the tile looks in the garage...

http://picasaweb.google.com/johnnyfe...eat=directlink

The floor pics are all on the first page and start at pic 18...
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Default Re: Options for basement man cave flooring?

x2 on the Behr paint. I used that system for my basement with the paint flecks similar to what you've got linked in the OP, it came out really nice. My floor was pretty dirty (50 year old basement floor) and I couldn't get it 100% clean before applying it, so I have a few spots that have chipped/flaked, but overall it has held up well, going on about 5 years of use (including a workshop application).
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Ahhh just one of those superstitiously lucky donkey hands I like to play from time to time
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I just used the Behr 1 part epoxy, with a deep red color. Not suggesting the color, unless you want to put down a couple coats of grey first.

The two part epoxy systems are better, no doubt. A harder clearer finished look.. BUT if a basement unless you want crazy lighting, probably not needed.

I etched and power washed my floor, and dont think I needed it in a garage.. Doubt you would either.
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Ahhh just one of those superstitiously lucky donkey hands I like to play from time to time
I just really dig that frame and what you did with it.
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