I have fresh concrete poured in my basement. Planing to use Metrofloor Engage Select vinyl plank for most of the floor. Contemplating ceramic tile for the bathroom if vinyl is not good enough for that. What would be the best combination of layers under the vinyl? Would the same combination work under tile? (Assuming I will let the concrete dry to the appropriate level.) Some choices I've researched so far:
-Seal the leftover moisture in the concrete using urethane adhesive under plywood
-Let the concrete dry forever, using something like DRIcore Subfloor Panel
If gluing, use plywood or OSB?
T&G is good or hard to work with? (contractors don't seem to like it)
What goes between the vinyl and the sub floor if anything?
Any other ideas?
The vinyl plank installation guide does say that it can go over concrete, but "concrete that exhibits high levels of Moisture Vapor Emissions/ Hydrostatic pressure in combination with high levels of alkalinity provides a substance that is highly corrosive. No floor covering, including ENGAGE,can withstand the long-term corrosive nature of this chemical. If testing determines that the level of Vapor Emissions/ Hydrostatic pressure exceeds 8 pounds using the Calcium chloride test and/or a P.H. test indicates alkalinity levels in excess of 9, steps must be taken to separate ENGAGE from the source of the corrosive effect of this chemical."
Also, vinyl directly on concrete will be cold and loud when walking on it. So I'm looking for something to separate the vinyl from the concrete and add a bit of thermo/sound insulation. Maybe something like SnapLock base floor and QuietWalk or FloorMuffler