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vsheetz 02-27-2009 09:54 AM

Please share your floating floor experiences - good and bad...
 
Doing a remodel of the public areas of the house - about 1000 square feet to cover. Single story ranch on a concrete slab.

Want to do a all wood or wood engineered floating floor - not laminate.

Please share your experiences - good or bad. What brand and product. Install tips, etc.

thx!
Vince

bjbatlanta 02-27-2009 10:55 AM

Did a small basement entrance/computer area, maybe 60'. Used the HD cheap ($1.00/ft.) stuff, Simple Lock I think it's called with the pad under. The dogs go in and out that way a lot, I bring tools and stuff through to my shop. It's held up better than I really expected. Figured the dogs would scratch it up (hence the cheap stuff) and I'd redo it after 5 or 6 years. It's probably been 5 and it's still in good shape. Did probably 600' of laminate for my mother-in-law. She bought Pergo. She loves it. I've done some real wood "nail down" but none on concrete, so I can't speak for that side.

Floorwizard 02-27-2009 02:11 PM

Floating is alot easier and gives you more to work with if you have subfloor irregularities.

ccarlisle 02-27-2009 02:13 PM

What's your moisture reading on the slab?

Leah Frances 02-27-2009 03:55 PM

My neighbors put down mid-grade big box store stuff on a concrete slab. Turns out it had a low spot. Every time you walk across it you can see and hear the deflection. So, check for level and use leveling agent as needed.

vsheetz 02-27-2009 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leah Frances (Post 237862)
My neighbors put down mid-grade big box store stuff on a concrete slab. Turns out it had a low spot. Every time you walk across it you can see and hear the deflection. So, check for level and use leveling agent as needed.

I was told to check for 3/16" in 10' - if more than that, fix it.

Sound right?

vsheetz 02-27-2009 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ccarlisle (Post 237789)
What's your moisture reading on the slab?

Not having a moisture meter, I taped a few 2'x2' pieces of plastic down to the slab - after a couple three days they were dry and no discoloration of the concrete. As I understand, I should be ok?

gone_fishing 02-28-2009 11:55 AM

I am in the same boat. Did the plastic test in 4 spots around the room..no moisture. Looking to buy Armstrong laminant. Not sure how good it in. My application will be in my new home office.

BigFloors 03-01-2009 11:22 AM

Free floating floors are a great option
 
Free floating floors offer many advantages to permanent flooring choices. In most cases you do not need the use of any messy glues and no fasteners.

For areas where moisture is an issue, suspended modular flooring is another great option as it allows air to circulate under the floor helping eliminate any mold or mildew issues. Our company BigFloors.com specialized in just modular flooring and many people are surprised to learn of all the options - from carpet tiles , wood laminates, marble stone looks, to basic floor tiles. A typical 600-800 sq ft basement takes as little as 2 hours to install.

HABSFAN2006 03-02-2009 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by vsheetz (Post 237650)
Doing a remodel of the public areas of the house - about 1000 square feet to cover. Single story ranch on a concrete slab.

Want to do a all wood or wood engineered floating floor - not laminate.

Please share your experiences - good or bad. What brand and product. Install tips, etc.

thx!
Vince


I would say a floating wood engineered product would be your best bet, if you do not plan to install a sub floor to nail 3/4" hard wood floor. This would require 2x3 on 16" ctrs and 5/8" t&g ply glued and screwed.
Budgetwise, floating engineered would probably be a third of the cost,
and a third of the install time.


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