I am considering installing a floating hardwood floor in my living center
and dining room. The adjoining kitchen which is vinyl, will be at a slightly
lower level because most of the decent hardwood floor systems are at least
The living center and dining room will be at least 3/8" higher than the
Are there any issues with this difference in elevation? I realize there are
transition pieces but the idea is somewhat disconcerting to me.
Are there any wood flooring systems that stand out above the rest?
Question: "Are there any issues with this difference in elevation?"
Answer: Yes, your wife might trip and go down on another man. The
transition piece might make it less likely, but the uneven floor will
always cause a slightly higher tripping risk than a level floor.
Taking the risk is your choice.
Question: "Are there any wood flooring systems that stand out above the
Answer: Assuming you DO NOT have a moisture problem I would go with
whatever solid hardwood looks most pleasing and costs the least. The
thicker the better as you will be able to sand it more times.
Special Note: You could tile your kitchen at the same time and get rid
of the elevation problem.
Hope this helps,
My advice would be shop around Beware of Home Depots and Lowe's advice. Is
there a reason you don't want to go with a nail or glue down floor? Are you
thinking of a laminate flooring , Solid wood floor or engineered floor? I
don't think the transition will be a problem most the flooring has been
thought out pretty well for neat job. But do check to see what trim they
offer for your flooring choice
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