Have You Installed a Floating Hardwood Floor


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Old 10-16-06, 02:49 PM
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Have You Installed a Floating Hardwood Floor

I have been planning on installing 3/4" solid hardwood flooring in my den, but today I saw some "floating" hardwood at Home Depot that looked interesting. Can anyone who has installed this type of floor help answer these questions?

1. What keeps the stuff from moving? Seems to me that if 3/4" hardwood requires nailing down, then how can this floating stuff not move around?

2. Does it really butt together so you can't tell where the seams are?

3. The top layer of what I saw looked like it had 1/8" hardwood. Seems to me this is thick enough for a long life. Your opinion?

4. Since you don't nail this stuff down, installation time is short, right?

5. What don't you like about this flooring?

6. Any other problems?

Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 10-16-06, 03:48 PM
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1. Floating engineered wood floors do move.

2. Depending on quality and installation, seams are nearly invisible.

3. The thicker the veneer layer and the more plies in the substrate the better. A veneer layer less than 1/8" is not recommended.

4. Floating floors are popular because of ease of installation for the DIYer.

5. Solid hardwood will last 200 years or more with proper care and maintenance. Solid hardwood can not be installed below grade on concrete in basements as can engineered wood floors.
 
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Here is a suggestion. Buy one carton. Take it home and assemble a few rows or many. Look at it and decide if it is what you want or not. Go buy somemore to do your project, or box it back up and return the carton, and get your money back.
 
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Old 10-23-06, 03:27 AM
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Carpets Done Wright: Just wanted to say thanks for the idea. I haven't done anything yet, but will keep your suggestion in mind.
 
 

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