Hardwood over parquet

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Old 01-06-14, 10:09 AM
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Hardwood over parquet

I'm buying a co-op which has old (1950s) parquet over concrete, most likely glued. It's on the 10th floor, so there are no moisture issues. I'd like to install a new hardwood floor over the parquet. I know it can be done because an acquaintance, who has a unit in the same development, had it done about 10 years ago and it still looks good.

He said the installers nailed the hardwood to the parquet, with a layer of paper in between. I don't know the thickness of the parquet but I assume it's not more than 1/2". What sort of nails would be appropriate for this application? Aren't flooring nails typically too long for this? Any other considerations?

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Old 01-06-14, 10:47 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Cleats and staples are usually 2" or longer, making it "iffy" on securing to 3/4" parquet. In addition, if the parquet is poorly attached to the concrete, nothing attached to it will be secure.

Go one better. Install 5/8" click lock engineered flooring. Very stable, looks really good, installs without fasteners, and most come with a 50 year wear warranty. Just food for thought. I have installed many, and they still look good today. I still prefer nail/staple down 3/4", but circumstances dictate.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 10:59 AM
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Thanks for the response. A couple of comments:

As I noted in my OP, it can be done, since I have seen it.

I'm familiar with click-lock, but I want real hardwood, not laminate. Is there such a thing as click-lock hardwood?

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Old 01-06-14, 11:11 AM
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Engineered flooring is not laminate. I wouldn't put laminate down anywhere. I can't say with your certainty that it will work. It worked in a different location, 10 years ago. I am concerned with deterioration of glues, etc. 2" is the absolutely longest cleat I would use. You are shooting at an angle and your cleat CAN act like a wedge, breaking the glue bond on the parquet. I am not saying this will happen, but you deserve to be informed. The ultimate decision is yours, of course.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 11:15 AM
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The engineered stuff has a relatively thick layer of real hardwood over a plywood (or mdf in cheaper brands). IIRC it can be refinished 2 or 3 times, but the factory finish will last a long long time if cared for correctly.

Good info here....not endorsing this brand though...All About Wear Layers - Engineered Flooring
 
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Old 01-06-14, 11:31 AM
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Excellent, I understand now. I'll look into that.

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Old 01-06-14, 11:34 AM
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Thanks!


Thanks;
You're very welcome,


Welcome...


Lol... Seriously...if Larry recommends it, I'd definitely consider it since height doesn't seem to be a problem for you.
 
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