How to cover floors in slab home?


Pulled up all carpet and vinyl flooring. Now I need to cover the slab subfloor myself (beginner) and on a tight budget. Ideas?

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  • Sheet Vinyl will be the least expensive. Just know your floors will be really cold in winter. Rugs will help. If you have pets, place extra padding under their pet beds or crates to keep them warm enough.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 07, 2018

    IF you are speaking of a general purpose room , and NO leaks , I would reccomend

    Glue Down Vinyl . It is washable and should any leaks occur , it is easily cleaned Up.

    IF you are using the room as a DEN or Family room , you could also install a PERGO type ,engineered flooring . Most of this type of flooring resembles Wood Flooring so It makes a gorgeous finish when installed properly.You can also move furniture around fairly easily with few or No scrathes, where as VINYL can Tear .

    IF there are problems , the floor can be Taken UP and REUSED .Just make certain to number the pieces in order to re-assemble them correctly.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Nov 07, 2018

    Laminate flooring is one way to go. It’s not real cheap, but you can buy boxes a few at a time. Two important considerations that are critical to avoid problems: 1-You must put down a vapor barrier before the flooring. This can be a sheet of thick plastic! Or even roofing paper (tar paper. 2-You need to bring in the flooring and cut open the plastic wrapping for about 2 weeks before you lay the flooring to allow it to acclimate to the climate inside your home.

  • If the concrete is in good shape, consider staining it. Stained concrete can be beautiful and is *very* affordable. Here's how I stained my floor!

  • Jen7888115 Jen7888115 on Nov 08, 2018

    We have slab floors in our home. Home Depot has a nice click look vinyl flooring that has a padding attached on the back of it, it cushions the floor and also helps to keep it warmer. We love it, it's easy to install, not to expensive, easy to clean, and it looks wonderful!

  • Carol Jackson Carol Jackson on Nov 08, 2018

    Start with what kind of flooring are you wanting to go to. Check options online for ideas, read up on it. This helps to eliminate wrong purchases that you may regret later. If possible shop online with beverage of your choice and enjoy the wonderful world of online shopping. Try for beginners. They have carpet and vinyl options and will send samples. All done with easy to handle tiles. Good luck and have fun.

  • Jen7888115 Jen7888115 on Nov 15, 2018


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 12, 2021

    Hello Madonna,

    Look up Paper Bag flooring in Projects at top of Homepage. Good luck!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 12, 2021

    Peel and stick vinyl flooring.