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gosooners 04-21-2009 03:27 PM

Engineered, floating hardwood or glue-down
 
Hello,

I am new to this forum, so please cut me some slack if I screw up. I have decided to put hardwood flooring in a hallway - about 120sf. At first, I thought my only choice would be a glue-down - I have a concrete slab foundation. When in a Home Depot, I noticed a floating, engineered wood product and thought I would research the idea. I have succeeded in confusing myself somewhat. Anyway, is there enough price differential between glue-down (including installation costs of about $3.50/sf - is that reasonable?) and the floating type, just mentioned, to make the floating type my choice. I ask this question with the presumption that a glue-down is preferable, unless a budget crimps your style.

Thanks,
:confused1:

Wood Floor Guy 04-21-2009 04:05 PM

Newbie to the DIY Chatroom
 
You're only a newbie once, and now that you posted, you're a veteran! Direct glue down vs: floating is really a matter of personal choice. Either method is good. I'm not a real fan of floating because it always has a hollow sound regardless of the pad used. But, a floating installation generally is cheaper (no expensive glue to use), quicker, cleaner, and ready to walk on right away. If they're charging $3.50' for glue down in your area and that includes adhesive, that's not a bad price. Floating should be at least $1.00' cheaper. Good luck!

Wood Floor Guy


Quote:

Originally Posted by gosooners (Post 263560)
Hello,

I am new to this forum, so please cut me some slack if I screw up. I have decided to put hardwood flooring in a hallway - about 120sf. At first, I thought my only choice would be a glue-down - I have a concrete slab foundation. When in a Home Depot, I noticed a floating, engineered wood product and thought I would research the idea. I have succeeded in confusing myself somewhat. Anyway, is there enough price differential between glue-down (including installation costs of about $3.50/sf - is that reasonable?) and the floating type, just mentioned, to make the floating type my choice. I ask this question with the presumption that a glue-down is preferable, unless a budget crimps your style.

Thanks,
:confused1:


gosooners 04-21-2009 04:21 PM

Thanks. Wood Floor Guy.

gosooners

manjo 04-21-2009 11:33 PM

I am in the same camp as you, but I have 1750sqft to cover with wood floor, I have narrowed down choice of wood to Brazilian cherry or tiger wood. I was at Home Depot & Lowes, their wood does not seem to be of good quality. I installed 1500sqft of pergo myself once so floating floors are a breeze to install. DIY. But the engineered floors in Home depot is not even up to the quality of pergo, if you take a key and try to scratch pergo you have to try hard, but the tiger wood they sell (Bruce) scratched easily. I found after some research that Khars has good material in comparison but it cost $1 more than the bruce stuff. I talked to a veteran home builder, he told me that the "good" installers all work for the flooring companies and not for home depot. The flooring companies are hurting from the slowdown and are willing to make you deals. I am going to try some of the local floor dealers to see what they have to offer. I think regardless how you look at it I am looking at approx $8 a sqft installed. Hope this helps.

Quote:

Originally Posted by gosooners (Post 263560)
Hello,

I am new to this forum, so please cut me some slack if I screw up. I have decided to put hardwood flooring in a hallway - about 120sf. At first, I thought my only choice would be a glue-down - I have a concrete slab foundation. When in a Home Depot, I noticed a floating, engineered wood product and thought I would research the idea. I have succeeded in confusing myself somewhat. Anyway, is there enough price differential between glue-down (including installation costs of about $3.50/sf - is that reasonable?) and the floating type, just mentioned, to make the floating type my choice. I ask this question with the presumption that a glue-down is preferable, unless a budget crimps your style.

Thanks,
:confused1:


manjo 04-21-2009 11:38 PM

Look at my other thread

http://www.diychatroom.com/f5/engine...dations-42825/

Quote:

Originally Posted by gosooners (Post 263560)
Hello,

I am new to this forum, so please cut me some slack if I screw up. I have decided to put hardwood flooring in a hallway - about 120sf. At first, I thought my only choice would be a glue-down - I have a concrete slab foundation. When in a Home Depot, I noticed a floating, engineered wood product and thought I would research the idea. I have succeeded in confusing myself somewhat. Anyway, is there enough price differential between glue-down (including installation costs of about $3.50/sf - is that reasonable?) and the floating type, just mentioned, to make the floating type my choice. I ask this question with the presumption that a glue-down is preferable, unless a budget crimps your style.

Thanks,
:confused1:


gosooners 04-22-2009 01:26 AM

Thank you manjo for your input. I am slowly learning.

Thanks again


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