Install LAMINATE perpendicular to joists, too?


Old 01-16-08, 07:04 AM
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Install LAMINATE perpendicular to joists, too?

I see everyone recommending you should install hardwood perpendicular to joists, but i wonder if that rule relates to laminate as well.

I see that the only suggestion that the manufacturer gives regarding direction is that it is parallel to incoming light.

Should laminate be perpendicular to joists too?

(I have 3/4" subfloor over 1/2" subfloor over 16" centered floor joists)
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Installing real wood floor perpendicular to joists gives you something to nail to to provide lateral stability... As engineered wood is typically floating or glued down... it doesn't matter nearly as much as long as your sub floor is relatively stable.
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With two layers of subfloor, you'll be fine.

the fasteners for a solid " are not long enough to reach a joist through subfloor and the 45 angle on the fastener.
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