02:59PM | 03/17/03
Member Since: 03/16/03
1 lifetime posts
I would like to replace the 18+ year old carpet that is over a concrete floor in my exercise/hobby room.

I believe I need a floating floor but my problem with most of the floors I have looked at (engineered hardwood floors), is that they are panels, not planks, so when you lay them all out, I am presuming one will be able to tell that this is not a "real" wooden floor, cause each plank will consist of 2 - 3 strips, instead of each individual strip being of differing lengths like in a solid wood floor.

Can somebody give me some advice on this? What floating floor will give me the best imitation of a solid hardwood floor? Do I really need a floating floor? Can I glue a hardwood floor over cement?

All advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
A very perplexed home owner


09:28PM | 03/17/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
a floating floor will show seams,if you look very close. most people would not have a problem with the look,however you can glue direct to a cement an engineered hardwood.which will look like a solid wood floor from the top down,any store that sells hardwood will have samples.
some additional information ,all floating floors are engineered,most engineered floors are not floating,but are planks not panels.solid wood floors should not be qlued down.hope this helps,good luck

KD Fisher

03:40PM | 03/18/03
Member Since: 03/17/03
49 lifetime posts

Dear Perplexed:

There are so many options available today I can't even keep up with them. Kahrs and Harris-Tarkett have solid one piece(apprx 7 1/2" wide) engineeered floating floors that really look attractive but the prices are way up there. Lauzon just introduced(6" plus width) one as well, and Mannington has some although I wouldn't suggest floating them but they claim it's okay. Good 'fer them...they don't have a good track record in the tech department anyway.

Take a look at some jobs at this link from one of my other sites. There are five gluedown jobs and a few floating floors. Another floater to be added this week manufactured by Award.

New name folks...they won't let me in under "Hardwood Guy" after I changed all my profile information.

Ken Fisher

[This message has been edited by KD Fisher (edited March 18, 2003).]

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