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Old 11-19-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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Installing Hardwood Floors - Is floating the floor required?


I am installing exotic engineered hardwood flooring in my office. One vendor stated that the floors would need to be leveled prior to installation and that all concrete floors had to be leveled prior to glueing down the floors. Is this true?

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:22 AM   #2
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Sure he did not mean leveled?
Why not go on the manufactures web site and check out there install info and get the info from the people that are going to be warrentying the flooring.
Not big fan of glued down engineered floor, may want to take a look at there directions on how to install it as a floating floor.

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I am also thinking your installer was referring to leveling the floor. If you have a level concrete slab this is not always necessary.
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The concrete will need to be flattened not leveled.
Before I paid someone to flatten he floor I would want a MVER and possibly calcium chloride test.
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Yes the correct terminology was leveling the floor not floating. Thanks guys for the feedback. I understand now. I will have to ask if they will glue down the boards or float the floor. I did a little more reserach after posting the question. Thanks again for the help.
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One vendor stated that the floors would need to be leveled prior to installation and that all concrete floors had to be leveled prior to glueing down the floors. Is this true?
It's true if your floors aren't level enough.

The flooring manufacturer usually has a subfloor level specification (e.g. 1/4-in over 10 ft or 1/8-in over 6 ft, etc.). For engineered flooring in a glue-down installation, I would think that the level specs would be pretty tight. Otherwise, the joints could fail.

If I were given two quotes for a job such as this, and one guy looked hard at the floor and said he'd level it first, that would be the person I'd go with. As a customer, you don't want call backs any more than the installer does.

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