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 Post subject: Vinyl Flooring
PostPosted: 24 Nov 2013, 12:01 
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So I have an ugly cement portion in my basement that is pretty big, and it's currently the only place I could put a ping pong table. Of course, there's no way I'm willing to stare at such a hideous room for any extended period of time, so I was wondering what options I had for flooring a 300 square foot area.

I've searched for "vinyl flooring" on the internet, but all it's giving me is decorated tile sets for way too much. All I need is a giant roll of a plain color, and I'd like to keep my budget at $150. I know that the stuff you put underneath wood floors goes for about $0.20/square foot, so there must be something that is easily within that budget.

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 Post subject: Re: Vinyl Flooring
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abdulmuhsee wrote:
So I have an ugly cement portion in my basement that is pretty big, and it's currently the only place I could put a ping pong table. Of course, there's no way I'm willing to stare at such a hideous room for any extended period of time, so I was wondering what options I had for flooring a 300 square foot area.

I've searched for "vinyl flooring" on the internet, but all it's giving me is decorated tile sets for way too much. All I need is a giant roll of a plain color, and I'd like to keep my budget at $150. I know that the stuff you put underneath wood floors goes for about $0.20/square foot, so there must be something that is easily within that budget.



If you find a great product for a great price please let me know. I have an 800 sq.ft. concrete area that I would like to cover for table tennis play.

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 Post subject: Re: Vinyl Flooring
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Take a look at artificial grass. I have an area I want to cover for a similar budget and just bought a 20sq.m roll for around that.

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 Post subject: Re: Vinyl Flooring
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I'd just play on the concrete?. Worked fine at my school :).

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RebornTTEvnglist wrote:
Take a look at artificial grass. I have an area I want to cover for a similar budget and just bought a 20sq.m roll for around that.


Well that's an interesting thought; I wonder how playing table tennis on artificial grass in a basement would be. How do you clean it?

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I'd just play on the concrete?. Worked fine at my school :).


Cement gets pretty slippery, and it's just plain ugly. The way light reflects in the room just gives it a weird dusty-looking ambiance, even if it's perfectly clean. I've considered something like paint, but I don't think regular grade paint is good enough for a high-traffic floor; the no-slip epoxy paints look pretty expensive from what I'm seeing.

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What's wrong with the concrete? I'd save the flooring money and buy better lighting, or put the money towards a robot. Also, I'm insanely jealous! The only space I have where I could play is the stable yard... which is slimey and uneven... and outdoors. Still, there are tons of outdoor tables in Germany and China, and they're pretty good at table tennis, so maybe I could get a cheap outdoorsy thing?

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Well, polished concrete is quite beautiful :), but that's even more expensive than painted concrete.I'm sure the most famous table tennis stadium in the world "the embassy dungeon" uses a concrete floor and that's magnificent. I would agree that lighting is the most important thing, concrete isn't slippery, who ever slipped over on dry concrete.

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so_devo wrote:
Could you paint the floor with a garage paint?

+1

Did this in a friends' basement. We used some matte basement/garage floor sealer. We did it initially because we would kick up all the dust, so we shop vac'd the dust and painted the floors. After that the floor was great.

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townhousecrackers wrote:
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Could you paint the floor with a garage paint?

+1

Did this in a friends' basement. We used some matte basement/garage floor sealer. We did it initially because we would kick up all the dust, so we shop vac'd the dust and painted the floors. After that the floor was great.


Isn't the epoxy garage floor paint expensive though? I was reading prices in the $300/gallon range for the stuff I saw.

Also, @foam, what/where on earth is "The Embassy Dungeon"?

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abdulmuhsee wrote:
Also, @foam, what/where on earth is "The Embassy Dungeon"?


This dude lives (I think) in the Vietnamese embassy in Sweden or something like that. This is the basement :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwM12ce ... Yws8TRFhsQ

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RebornTTEvnglist wrote:
Take a look at artificial grass. I have an area I want to cover for a similar budget and just bought a 20sq.m roll for around that.


Well that's an interesting thought; I wonder how playing table tennis on artificial grass in a basement would be. How do you clean it?


Just sweep it or vaccuum it from what I read. It kind of just like a rugged carpet. Haven't laid mine yet, but its going outside over my worn out decking. I'm hoping there are many advantages over paint (one will be things can't fall through the decking gaps :lol: )

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abdulmuhsee wrote:
Isn't the epoxy garage floor paint expensive though? I was reading prices in the $300/gallon range for the stuff I saw.


http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-Premium ... /100110949

This was very similar to what we used if not the exact same thing. ~ $30/gal

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foam wrote:
This dude lives (I think) in the Vietnamese embassy in Sweden or something like that. This is the basement :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwM12ce ... Yws8TRFhsQ


Though that's definitely cooler than my basement, it's not quite as luxurious as you made it out to be :-).

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http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-Premium-1-Gal-901-Silver-Gray-1-Part-Epoxy-Concrete-Floor-Paint-90101/100110949

This was very similar to what we used if not the exact same thing. ~ $30/gal


Sweet; if that comes in a color other than grey, then I'm pretty sure that's going to be my solution.

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If you empty the room, clean the dust ect off the floor, then get some self leveling compound, mix with water, spread on to the floor with a trowel, to a thickness of around 10mm, leave for 48 hours, normal finish is slightly porous in a brown or grey colour, then you have a cheap, presentable, floor, job done.


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