Engineered Hardwood- Floating or Glued Install


Old 01-21-09, 10:53 AM
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Engineered Hardwood- Floating or Glued Install

I am starting the planning process for my flooring project.

Approx. 2400sf
flat dry concrete slab

should I glue the engineered flooring or just float it?
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Old 01-24-09, 12:13 PM
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There are many different engineered wood floor options. Read the installation instructions before you purchase. Some are glue down only. Some are nail or staple only. Some can be installed either way. Some are floating.

Most DIYers tend to prefer the floating floor for ease of installation. No messy adhesive to deal with or worry about adhesive failure over concrete. If you go with thicker engineered floor with upgraded underlayment, you can have a more stable engineered floor with minimal noise.

The thicker the veneer layer the better. There are many engineered wood floor products out there that can not be sanded for refinished. The thicker the veneer layer, the better. You want nothing less than 3/8" veneer layer.
Most veneer layers are 3/8" to 5/8". Even with that, when it comes time to refinish, one must be careful. Screening of existing finish without sanding can be done before applying new coats of finish.
Old 01-30-09, 09:00 PM
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"You want nothing less than 3/8" veneer layer. "

good luck finding that. without giving your first born.... my floating would be GREAT if it was glued.
Old 02-01-09, 07:18 AM
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I think twelvepole, meant 1/8-3/16 of an inch.

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