Installing a custom wood flooring over concrete


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Old 07-11-15, 07:39 AM
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Question Installing a custom wood flooring over concrete

Hey everyone, I'm new here!

My husband and I are in the process of remodeling our house, and we're almost to the flooring stage, so I'm doing my research.

I found this picture on Pinterest, and I'm wondering how this can be done over a concrete slab?

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Old 07-11-15, 08:03 AM
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Welcome to the forums! I don't know many pros who would attempt this, especially on a concrete substrate. This is very labor intensive, as well as wood wasteful if not done according to a well laid out plan. The reason is most likely won't work on a concrete floor is it would need to be glued, and it will shrink and expand with moisture and temperature. Thus it will crack along the seams. If not glued down, the wood would have nothing to attach itself to in areas where there are no tongues and grooves. I would seriously look into wood grained tile and lay it in a pattern of your choice. It would be impervious to moisture and fastened solidly to the concrete. MARAZZI Montagna Gunstock 6 in. x 24 in. Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile (14.53 sq. ft. / case)-ULG4 - The Home Depot
 
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Try looking into what is called an engineered wood laminate floor. In most cases you still need a pad supplied by the manufacturer to act as a vapor barrier.

The key is to find a flooring rated for use "below grade"

Best of luck!
 
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You will never get laminate nor engineered floor to work in this situation. You have raw edges to contend with. No locking mechanism means floor will pop up.
 
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Old 07-13-15, 09:12 AM
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I cant say that it will not work because if you do a Google search there are lots of sites that show it installed over cement.


Google search here to get ideas....

Let me google that for you
 
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Installing it over concrete is only one hurdle. That intricate design would be impossible, or at least very difficult for a seasoned pro to lay, much less a DIY right out of the gate. I recommend engineered flooring over laminate any day. This design would require biscuit joinery at every intersection where there was no tongue and groove. That means on each small piece on the sides as well as where the herringbone comes together.

It is very pretty, but just be aware of the pitfalls.
 
 

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