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Old 08-04-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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How to tell if my floor is level and which floor is most forgiving?


Looking to install (DIY) laminate or vinyl planks in a room 15'x11'. Has a plywood subfloor but I don't know exactly how level the floor is. The house is about 50 years old and in some areas I can feel the floor is not that level. This room seems level but I don't know how to tell for sure.

Is there an easy layman way to tell how level the floor is? And also what type of flooring is the best (NOT carpet) hard floor to put down if I'm afraid of floor sagging? This does NOT have to last forever and I'm looking to spend as little as possible as this is temporary. Thanks!

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Put a golf ball (or large marble) on the floor to determine the slope and low point.

If it settles near center line, it may be a sagging floor. If it always goes to one side, then it is out of height on one side.

This only tells you about being level and the results can be off a bit if it is not flat (out of plane).

That is an old home inspector's quick method of looking at the structure.

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Flooring does not care if it's level, being flat is what you need to know.
A laminite with a foam pad under it can work with some pretty messed up subfloors within some limits.

When you ready for the real floor most of the problums really should be delt with from under the floor not on top of it.
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Flat is most important, level would be nice too.

Get a long straight edge, 8-10 ft, and lay it on the floor in every direction possible. Report the results.

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I agree with joe. Since the floor is being floated it really does not need to be completely level. If it looks flat, it will be ok.
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