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Old 07-30-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Can solid hardwood flooring be laid without nailing or gluing down? i.e. make it into a floating floor

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No, look into engineered flooring or laminate.
What are you laying it over that can not be nailed to?

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Most engineered floors have a thin laminate top and wood bottom. if the flooring is less than 1/2 inch thick i would not advise nailing it and would float it instead, gluing the boards together at the tongue to prevent them separating or water spills permeating them. Read more.....
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No it can not. The floor will fail. If you are asking because you want to go over a concrete subfloor, you can install solid over concrete but you first need to lay plywood over the concrete and then nail the flooring to the plywood. This should however be done by a professional as their are many issues that can arise from moisture in the concrete.
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No it can not. The floor will fail. If you are asking because you want to go over a concrete subfloor, you can install solid over concrete but you first need to lay plywood over the concrete and then nail the flooring to the plywood. This should however be done by a professional as their are many issues that can arise from moisture in the concrete.
This is good advice as I have seen many failures.
Check into engineered flooring, there are many to choose from. Look at bamboo reconstituted engineered flooring. It has a higher "Janka rating" than oak and can be installed with a cushion. Some have a patented locking tongue and groove that locks the joint together to prevent spreading...........
I just can't remember it's name.


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