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Old 05-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Flooring over concrete

I would like to rip up my carpeting and put down flooring. My parents like the hardwood "Home Legend" clic lock flooring. I was thinking maybe a cork flooring. What is the best brand AND what is the best flooring? It needs to connect to tile in the kitchen.



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Vinyl flooring over concrete

I wasn't specific enough, my fault. I want to put down a "engineered" hardwood floor over concrete. My parent used Home Legend but I have seen a lot of information about Armstrong. I don't know the difference. Also, I would like smaller strips vs planks. I am doing all of this as a newbie, on my own, and want something that is durable, works well with pets (cat & sm. dog) I live in the country so it will need to resist dirt traffic. I don't know where to begin!
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Probably the first thing you should do is get familiar with the products that are available and understand what you are dealing with and talking about.

The Home Legends flooring product IS NOT HARDWOOD nor is it an engineered wood flooring product, it is a laminate flooring.

Hardwood flooring doesn't come with a "click-lock system" laminate flooring does.

Hardwood comes in smaller strips, laminate comes in planks basically.

Laminate may be best for active animals.

I doubt cork would be animal friendly over time but don't know about that.

It all resists dirt about the same but none of them will stand up and chase the dirt back outside the door.
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Engineered hardwood

An engineered hardwood floor IS available in large dimensions
I have a beauty at home (brand: WOODlife Flooring): 13/16 inch thich, 8.5 inch wide. The top layer is made from a single piece of oak.

These floors can easily be installed over concrete by glueing them down.
My floor was prefinished, and can easily be maintained/repaired locally without any major colour differences.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:09 AM   #6
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moisture over concrete

Moisture content – be sure you understand what it takes to install hardwoods over concrete. You would be sick if you send the time and money only to have your floors buckle due to moisture content. The best way is to ensure the concrete is properly sealed. "Bone Dry" is a great product and they sell direct. Might want to look at a couple of articles written by NWFA or National Wood Flooring Association.


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