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Old 11-23-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Best floor for uneven surface?


We just tore up our engineered hardwood floor in the dining room. The house is pretty old and the floor is fairly uneven. Would laminate or hardwood be the better material for an uneven floor (I've jacked part of the house up about 1/2 inch and will further shim up the joists, but it's got bigger problems that I cannot fix to completely level the floor).

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Old 11-23-2012, 11:01 PM   #2
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If the floor is wavy, bouncy, sagging then you'd better stick with carpet.
Laminite, engineered, real hardwood, tile all need a flat none moving floor.

There are ways to fix almost any floor.
Several times we've cut out the subfloor so we could get to all the joist, make needed repairs, replaced failing ones, get a termite treament, added footings and support beams running down the middle of the joist spans.
When done it was rock soild and level.

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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as joe said. the floor needs to be "flat", "level" doesn't matter.

how uneven is the floor ? and in what ways ?
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I agree with the other guys. You can get the floor flat pretty easily. So I would decide what it is that you truly want for a floor. If it is hardwood, engineered or laminate, just do what you need to to get the floor flat. This is usually as simple as shimming the floor a little and adding a layer of plywood. Then as the other guy mentioned you will have a rock solid floor.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. The real problem is this...the room had a bump out addition of about 3 feet added on. So the existing foundation is 3 feet in from one of the walls. The house sat for so long empty (poor water drainage) and the original wall started to come in a bit which actually raised it up about an inch or two (top block started to tilt). So 3 feet from the wall is a rise. In order to avoid a transition of an inch or so where the dining room meets the living room, I would have to drop the floor down where this rise (original foundation) is. I'd need to somehow cut the joists down..
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seems to me that you should be trying to fix that tilting block wall.

got any pics ?
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #7
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If the problem has been fixed such that no further movement will occur, I would probably just raise up the rest of the floor 1" so it meets the dining room flush.

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