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Old 01-16-2013, 10:52 AM
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Default Wood Floor, Do I Float or Glue?

I am getting estimates for putting down a wood floor. I've been told that floating is a good way to go on a slab foundation by a GC. Is this true? I though the 'one step' self leveling glue/moisture barrier was the best all around. I am pretty lost right now about which direction to go with this. Any pros out there that would like to chime-in please do. I know very little about building and do not want to get taken for a ride.
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you will still have a vapor/moisture barrier with a floated floor and i would float it. wood needs to move, expand and contract. unless you are talking about an engineered wood??
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First thing's first.

Be specific about what type of floor.

I have hard wood floors in my home. Real, 3 1/4" solid wood floors (oak).

In my home, level concrete, poor on "self leveling" rubberized moisture barrier, then glue down. Since my home was a remodel, I opted to glue down since I didn't want to raise all the thresholods, etc. for plywood. In my new home, plywood on top of slab, nail down.
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I glued down on slab. Buddy of mine did a floating, with moisture barrier and underlayment. The feel and sound from the floating is awful. He wished he had done glue, therefore I did.

3 yrs strong not a problem. Depends on the flooring you plan to use, as others have said though.
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Originally Posted by scboatman View Post
The feel and sound from the floating is awful.
Amen.
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I am probably going with engineered flooring for the scratch resistance (I have a dog). I am still open to alternatives though. I want something that will look good and have some longevity. I do not want that hollow sound when I walk on it, that is why I thought the glue down floor was for me.
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a second vote for glued down. floating floor def. has a hollow empty sound and feel.
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
a second vote for glued down. floating floor def. has a hollow empty sound and feel.
Also let me add with the technology of the adhesives these days you can glue 3/4 thick REAL hardwood to slab and do jobsite sand and finish which will stand up to your dog as good or better than engineered and allow many more sand and recoats over the long haul . Price point is about the same. Look into bona r851 gauranteed to hold solid floor up to 8" wide
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Originally Posted by FloatinChecks View Post
I am probably going with engineered flooring for the scratch resistance (I have a dog). I am still open to alternatives though. I want something that will look good and have some longevity. I do not want that hollow sound when I walk on it, that is why I thought the glue down floor was for me.
You won't like a floating floor then, stick with glue down.

I have 2 dogs, the floor does scratch, but when it get's bad enough, sand and finish.

Obviously, you have to live with it, for me, there is nothing like a beatiful sand and finish solid wood floor.
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there is nothing like a beatiful sand and finish solid wood floor.[/QUOTE]


This ^^^
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Originally Posted by scboatman View Post
I glued down on slab. Buddy of mine did a floating, with moisture barrier and underlayment. The feel and sound from the floating is awful. He wished he had done glue, therefore I did.

3 yrs strong not a problem. Depends on the flooring you plan to use, as others have said though.

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I used 3/8 " on our slab. It conformed to the low and high spots. "Glue" think it was 3M. Had to do small area and then add weight. No problem in 5 years. Was told the 3/4 will have more of a memory.
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I just built a new house, did wood through out. On the slab they all recommended leveling and then using the best moisture barrier glue you could buy, I did. Upstairs I nailed it, mainly so that I could replace a board easier if needed.

Mine is what I believe what is called engineered real wood. In other words the top 1/8 or so is real wood and the rest in an engineered backing. For FL that is what all recommend due or humidty and moisture.

We brought the wood into my house and let it sit for 2 weeks to get ambient to the room temp and moisture. so far so good.
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Use bosticks best for glue...and real hardwood.
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I have installed both in several houses over the years. I install nice Very Hard (look for standardard hardeness ratings) glue down engineered wood floor in the master bedroom and living area so that dogs can’t scratch it and it feels good and sounds solid. I install floating lower tier wood floors in the kid’s rooms as they typically drag their furniture around when having sleep overs etc and I can easily replace it after a few years if required. Floating floors do not sound or feel the same but are cheaper and MUCH easier / quicker to install, I have tried several high end underlayment’s with similar results.

Depends on what you are looking for as to chose......

Be aware flooring companies will try to sell you floating floors and promise the same results as glue down, but my experience tells me they are just looking for the highest profit......be careful and investigate the advice you get.....
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I just finished up (last night) putting down engineered wood floors in 2 of the bedrooms of my house. I used bosticks glue that is also a moisture barrier on a slab floor, no hollow sound at all, nice and solid. Solid wood was also warned against due to the humidity of the area I live in FL.

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