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Old 08-05-2012, 05:13 AM   #1
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How is Wood flooring attached to a Concrete floor?


How is wood flooring attached to concrete floors?

The concrete floor has some sort of coating called Titanium floor that gives the concrete a gloss smooth finish.

I would like to lay down some bamboo .

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It would be best in install engineer flooring as a floating floor since this is a slab.
And yes you can still have it in Bamboo, differance is it's more stable then real soild wood.

Real wood can not be installed directly to the slab.

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It would be best in install engineer flooring as a floating floor since this is a slab.
And yes you can still have it in Bamboo, differance is it's more stable then real soild wood.

Real wood can not be installed directly to the slab.
How does engineered flooring differ from real wood? Is it like OSB where you have wood chips glued and compressed to form boards, and then maybee some sort of faux veneer overlay?


Is it possible to glue the wood directly to the concrete floor using an adhesive that allows some degree of expansion/contraction of the wood?

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Hi thanks for that link, quite informative.

I do have a question regarding the below comment from the link:

" Click locking floating engineered floorsrequire absolutely no glue during installation and just float over afoam or cork underlayment. Click locking engineered floors can be installed on any grade level in the home and not only over traditional plywood or concrete subfloors, but also over old hardwood flooring, vinyl and tile as long as they are flat and well secured."

They say click-lock needs a foam or cork underlayment but then they also say click-lock can be installed over concrete. I'm confused; does click-lock need cork or foam between it and the concrete floor or can it float directly above the concrete floor ?

If it needs a cork or foam underlayer between it and the concrete, how is the cork or foam attached to the concrete?
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When they say it can be installed over concrete they mean it can be done with use of an underlayment, or it can be glued to concrete without an underlay. Since the floor has this coating on it I would go the route of using an underlay and floating the floor, as the coating could create bonding issues with the glue.
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When they say it can be installed over concrete they mean it can be done with use of an underlayment, or it can be glued to concrete without an underlay. Since the floor has this coating on it I would go the route of using an underlay and floating the floor, as the coating could create bonding issues with the glue.
If I grind down the concrete a tad bit, would it then be ok to glue the wood to the concrete or is it better to let the wood float? If I let it float, I assume it is better to put down an underlay?

While I live in Wis, the house that would receive the wood floor is in Ceylon/Sri Lanka, which is tropical and always warm to hot with high humidity sometimes.

Thought I'd mention the climate where the wood floor would be installed as that plays a part in choosing the right solution.

Thanks for the replies, all.
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If you grind the floor gluing would be fine if the moisture content of the concrete is acceptable. You would need to do a calcium chloride test to determine this. These can be found online. You have to use an underlay if floating the floor. Hope this helps
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Have you ever install engineered HW floors over ceramic tile. Flooring contractors are telling me I have to take the tile out at about $2 sq ft which is a big number because I have 975 sq ft. I live in Tampa where it typically warm year round.
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I'd also remove the old tile.
Then the flooring does not effect every door opening, baseboards and door trim.

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