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matt7125 02-15-2011 08:51 AM

Floating floor questions
I'm thinking about installing some new flooring in my home and I'm looking for advice and some good options. I currently have Brazilian walnut floors throughout the house. My family room and 1 bedroom which have a concrete subfloor currently has some cheap traffic master laminate floating floor. The floor looks cheap and sounds hollow, really want to get rid or it. Is there any good floating floors that look real and don't have such a hollow sound? I really think I should stick to a floating floor due to the concrete sub floor. I've looked into gluing real hardwood down to the concrete, but I'm abit hesitant and worry about the longevity, possible moisture issues, etc. I know floating floors have come a long way over the years, are there any that will give me the real look and feel of wood. Please recommend the brand, type, etc.


rusty baker 02-15-2011 09:05 AM

The hollow sound is usually caused by a subfloor that isn't flat. No matter what you install, that needs to be addressed first.

matt7125 02-15-2011 09:15 AM

Ok, let's say the floor is perfectly level.

Floor Doc 02-15-2011 09:52 AM

All floating floors are going to have a hollow sound . Nature of the beast .
Are you above , or below grade ?

matt7125 02-15-2011 10:00 AM

I think it characterized as below grade since the front of the house is 3 ft below grade. The back half is above grade. The house is tri level, basically has 4 levels including the basement.

Floor Doc 02-15-2011 10:12 AM

You can do a direct glue down with a engineered.
Or if height is not a problem you can do a nail down on a screed . or do a floating nail down over two sheets of 3/4" plywood .

Pick your Poison.

matt7125 02-15-2011 10:24 AM

The original flooring was carpet and then replaced with cheap laminate, If I decided to do direct glue down wouldn't I have to remove all the old glue from the concrete and almost sand the floor to get it prepped for gluing down engineered or would a simple scrape the floor, vac, and clean be good enough. Since height is a problem I think either direct glue down or a good floating floor is my best options. Doesn't engineered floor come with a foam underside, will it adhere ok?

Daniel048225 02-15-2011 06:32 PM

I installed a pergo flooring with the underlayment already attatched and it worked great. And I think you could sand the glue to where its smooth and level and then install you flooring just fine. They also make a compound that you spread onto the glue and and after a minute or two its easy to get up. Sorry I dont know the name of it.

elarreau 02-16-2011 09:15 PM

Ok, hear me out on this one. I installed this in a restaurant and it looked really good. It is a vinyl floating floor called Resilient and it really looks good. Check this link:

It comes with a 25 year warranty which is way better than most vinyls. I have seen it installed in stores with really high volumes of traffic like Walmart and Safeway and it still looks good. It comes in pieces that are similar in size to laminate and attach to each other. You install it similar to laminate flooring but you can score it with a knife and snap it to cut it instead of using a saw. It's floating like the laminates so you just lay it down as you go and then put your base trim over it to cover the edges.

I think it would work great for what you are doing and it doesn't sound like laminates.

JohnRocks 03-17-2011 04:30 PM

If you have a good underlayment it would be better. Such as a 1/8" rubber that is so nice a quiet. We use them on condos.

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