Sorry for the somewhat offtopic post (still has to do with wood though
Anyway, considering putting down wood flooring in a few rooms at mi casa.
Substrate is concrete and there is really no motivation to add a 1 1/2"
subfloor as that will
cause uneveness to other flooring already installed. I see there are
really two alternatives
for me (well more but these are the two I'm considering). Engineered
flooring or Solid flooring.
The engineered flooring can either be installed with glue down or in a
floating configuration, comes
with a roughly 25-30 year warranty, and has a 2mm thick top veneer. The
solid is 3/8" or 1/2" (depending
on species) and is glued down (warranty is up to 50 depending on manuf.).
I worry a bit about a 2mm veneer (5/64") being too thin yet the engineered
flooring is also cheaper. The
solid wood would be fine but as expected, is more expensive.
Anyone with some experience in this decision? Advice? Thanks very much,
I installed ~1200 sq ft of engineered wood flooring over the concrete slab
in my last
I used heavy plastic, then the pad and away it went.
Use a level/straight edge at least 6 feet long on the floor before starting
to find any valleys or high spots. (I did not)
I sealed the floor with poly urethane when I was done.
I liked the feel of the floor when I was done.
I did not like the wear my dogs were doing next to the doggie door.
I was terrified that there would be a leak in the kitchen.
Even with the air cleaners the floor was constantly needing a wipe down. You
could see the fine dirt everywhere when the light hit it. I live in
Phoenix, not exactly dust free and then there are the dogs.
Becareful of any high humidity situations. The floor acts like a sponge at
least mine did.
Tile or marble for me from now on.
I installed both floating engineered flooring and solid glued down flooring
in my house. Both over Slab on Grade. I like the glued down by far. The
floating has a hollow sound and just doesnt look as good. The solid will
allow for refinishing several times.
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 09:40:16 -0700, "James \"Cubby\" Culbertson"
Overall, I prefer solid wood flooring if it's practical. And I say
this even though I'll be laying down another engineered floor
(Mannington) this week.
The material cost for a quality engineered floor exceeds raw 3/4"
hardwood floors in many cases. Engineered floors in glue/staple-down
situations are a lot pickier about subfloor prep. And while the
finish is allegedly twice as hard as a job-site applied urethane, I've
found that the veneer tends to be softer than hardwood, making it more
susceptible to dings.
However, there are applications where engineered flooring definitely
has an advantage. Your concrete subfloor is one. Damp areas is
another. There's a broader range of wood types available in
engineered. In my case, I'm doing a second floor hallway and didn't
want the top step rise, which is already too tall and a trip hazard,
to be even taller so I'm using 5/16" engineered.
If you're concerned about finish durability however, there are some
incredibly tough job-site finish options available. My neighbor has
an 80-pound boxer whose nails had ripped her parquet floors' finish to
shreds. She had them refinished with a water-based epoxy product and,
three years later, not a scratch. The downside is that you really
need an experienced pro to apply it.
BTW, don't judge flooring quality just by the warranty period. I
mean, what are you going to do ten years from now when your 30-year
warranty floor looks terrible? Rip and reinstall? www.ifloor.com has
a good flooring brand comparison. Also, be aware that the name brand
engineered flooring you buy in a big box store isn't necessarily the
same quality you'll get from a store that only sells flooring.
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