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Old 08-16-2016, 11:32 AM
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BTW,

This is what the tile floors looked like before they were demoed yesterday.

The overall room is 35ft x 20ft.

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Originally Posted by dmeswi View Post
The vapor barrier is usually under the slab.
Not sure if there is or not, I didn't build the house, but everything I read says to do a moisture test on the slab, and use vapor barrier.
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i prefer glue down. i did my first house with glue down and it felt and sounded solid. my dad tried the floating floor at his house and it feels and sounds cheap. i'm considering doing my rental house with the hand-scraped manufactured flooring and will only consider glue. just my .02
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I would personally have it glued. Anything else you'll feel when you walk on it.
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My vote is for gluing. I hate the hollowness and feel of a floating floor. I have replaced damaged sections of glued down hardwood and it is not too difficult but hopefully you won't have to deal with that situation. Good luck!
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I have glue down. The floating floor feels like cardboard to me and I don't care for the sound the floating floor makes.
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In high end work in NYC glue down is industry standard now days.

We are working in a $8 mil apartment and the hardwood is glued to the slab.
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Wood floors installed (glued) yesterday. Tile floor was installed Tue/Wed. They have some trim and cleanup to finish on the wood floors and several tiles to install in the corner of the breakfast nook and then grout.

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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Wood floors installed (glued) yesterday. Tile floor was installed Tue/Wed. They have some trim and cleanup to finish on the wood floors and several tiles to install in the corner of the breakfast nook and then grout.

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Looks great! I don't think you will regret gluing the hardwood.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:14 AM
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looks great

interested in some details - please pm me if necessary

what type/brand of flooring is that, it looks like hand scraped engineered?
was the tile removed?
who did the install?
approximate cost?

thanks
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Looks good. I actually have one room glued and another floated. Granted, they are two separate types of Bamboo. The room that is glues is a typical T&G board 5/8" thick and was glued while the other is the engineered HW with the click lock groves and is floated (needed it done fast on the cheap).

No big surprise, the floated floor feels and sounds well cheap.... The other floor makes now sound and has no give.
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I went glue, poured some leveling over a small area with travertine.

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What's with all the blue tape?
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
What's with all the blue tape?
Tricks of the trade?

Looks like its holding the joints.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
What's with all the blue tape?
When using a mastic adhesive its common to tape the joints as you go so they do not spread.

I suggest you look into putting a top coat on yours, we did not and now are looking at refinishing them before we list the house.


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If your near water I wouldn't float it. Seen too many cases of delamination and warping. We had ours glued.
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simple, float over anything but concrete. always glue over concrete
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Engineered wood floor for 21 yrs. Glued on slab in So Fl. Had a plumbing related flood 5 yrs ago (toilet) ... wood floor has zero issues. Dried, sanded refinshed. Looks like new. Never even warped anywhere.

3/4" hardwood floor in TN in our cabin... tongue and groove nailed. Water overflowed in kitchen sink... floor warped and llifted, thanks goodness for insurance.
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We went the laminate hardwood flooring route a year and a half ago. We also used the foam vapor barrier on top of the slab.
Although the floor looked good, it just sounded different than a traditional wood floor.

I say looked, because over this past 4th of july, my wife's pico reef tank sprung a leak and spilled 25 gals of saltwater onto the floor. It wouldn't have been so bad, had the Roomba not come along and help spread the water through out the living room and hall.

Suprisingly, the flooring actually held up pretty well. Very little buckling and curling of the edges.
So little in fact that if you were to see it, you wouldn't notice it unless I showed it to you.

Now we are having wood look porcelain tiles put in, just in case another tank decides it doesn't like the water that's in it.
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We went the laminate hardwood flooring route a year and a half ago. We also used the foam vapor barrier on top of the slab.
Although the floor looked good, it just sounded different than a traditional wood floor.

I say looked, because over this past 4th of july, my wife's pico reef tank sprung a leak and spilled 25 gals of saltwater onto the floor. It wouldn't have been so bad, had the Roomba not come along and help spread the water through out the living room and hall.

Suprisingly, the flooring actually held up pretty well. Very little buckling and curling of the edges.
So little in fact that if you were to see it, you wouldn't notice it unless I showed it to you.

Now we are having wood look porcelain tiles put in, just in case another tank decides it doesn't like the water that's in it.


Done right those wood look tiles can come out great.
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