My other half wants to install Floorboards in our living room. At the moment
we have a Concrete Floor.
Can you install floorboards on top of Concrete, by using battens ? If so
what are the suggested Batton sizes ?
Assuming you mean traditional floor boards, and not laminate flooring,
floorboards can be 6 inches wide and 1 inch deep. So if you lay them on 2 by
2 battens you will be raising the floor by 3 inches. How will you manage the
3 inch height difference between the living room floor and other areas that
open into the living room? Any doors that open into the living room will
need 3 inches taken off, or be re-hung so that they open out from the living
room. Then there's whether to leave the battens loose (which will allow
movement of the battens and boarded floor) or screw them to the concrete
(which is very difficult without a suitable drill and drill bits). My
personal answer to your question has to be no - this isn't something I would
do in my house. If I really wanted floorboards I would have the concrete
excavated and a new floor installed.
I completely agree with this. I once made the mistake of buying a flat that
essentially had the type of "floating floor" you are proposing i.e.
chipboard floorboards nailed onto 2x2 battens, with the battens sitting
unfastened on a concrete floor. Everything was OK for about 6 months, and
then the squeaking started!! The problem with these "floating floors" is
that the movement in them eventually causes the boards to work a bit loose
from the battens and this is all it takes for some extremely annoying
squeaks to be produced in the floor.
A concrete floor may be a bit colder, but it's a damn site quieter!
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