Above or below grade? In general, wood is not recommended on concrete
unless there is a vapor barrier, insulation, then the wood. You can use
engineered wood floors with just a special vapor barrier.
It's above grade and I thought of a poly sheet as a vapor barrier
I'm trying to minimize increasing the height too much, and I was
thinking about 1/4" or 3/8" thick. Are such thicknesses feasible?
I'm stapling 5/16" hardwood floor using 1" staples. I just measured
how deep the staple goes at 45ฐ and it requires a subfloor 1/2" thick.
My motivations is that after stapling the hardwood strips upstairs on
wood underlayment, I'm concerned that gluing them on concrete is going
to be not only more laborious as would increase the waste.
I've found several strips which were a little bent up or sideways and
I'm afraid that the glue would allow for such strips, unlike when
I'd think that 3/4" would be better too. However, the floor would be
about 1" higher than the slab, creating a step when it meets other
floors, even tiles... I'm split over this, do you have any advice?
Thanks for your help.
I would partially bevel a strip of the wood floor where it meets the tile.
Most of my house is Saltillo tile but my wife wanted 3/4 maple in her
office. Tile on slab, wood over 3/4" ply subfloor on slab. The maple is
about 3/4" higher than the finished tile surface and I did the beveled strip
thing. I *also* placed it so that it overhangs the subfloor by maybe an
inch; I then slid tile edges into that void. One doesn't notice the height
difference when going from wood to/from tile areas and there is nothing to
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