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Old 06-24-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Floating or Glued Down Floor?


Hi,

I have engineered hardwood floors that came with my house when I bought it.

What is the easiest way to determine whether the floor is floating or glued down?
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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Why would you need to know?
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Because I am considering taking them out and I want to know how difficult it will be.
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Once again why?
What's wrong with it?
Only way to find out is to start taking it out.
Just trying to save you a ton of work.
What would you replace it with?
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Thanks for replying but I would prefer not to answer all these questions. For fun, let's just say I am going to take them out and replace them with marshmallows.

It's good general information for me to know anyway.

Hopefully someone is out there who can provide a simple method to verify how my floors were installed.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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If there is quarter round take off a piece and see if you can pry up the first plank. Take the quarter round from a wall where the plank is running vertical to you (length wise). Don't pry it up all the way yet but you should be able to determine if it's glued. Floating floor doesn't offer any resistance. If there's no quarter round they might have installed the base board after the flooring. So take off a short run of baseboard and try prying.

I was just looking at a house that has about $5k worth of shiny new engineered wood in it. It was well installed but it was really ugly so I know why you'd want to replace it. The stuff was dark red. I've seen nice engineered flooring this wasn't it. I really hate dark floors in small rooms.
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Thanks much, Arlo. Sounds as if there is no shortcut - just have to take a little out to see, as Joe said as well.

Appreciate the help.
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do you have floor heat registers? Id start there if you do. Pull one up and see what you can figure out from the edge.
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When walked on there is a very distinct sound for a floating floor, especially when it's laid over a thin foam sheet, which provides cushioning and sound-dampening.

The foam will also allow movement just by stepping on it, not so with glue.
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do you have floor heat registers? Id start there if you do. Pull one up and see what you can figure out from the edge.
Yes ^^^^^^^^ Simplest method
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