New house: linoleum or bare floors? (installing hardwood floors)
be sure to read the manufacturers instructions CLOSELY when installing a glue down floor, use their recommended adhesive AND tools. if you don't, you may have problems with the warantee down the road.
also, check out the national wood flooring association for more installation guidlines.
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Ain't that the truth! There have been some problems that I'm aware of when installing underlayment with glue down hardwood floors. My experience deals specifically with cork sound control and hardwood floors. This won't be found in many ordinary installation specs.
Over the last five years I can't count how many "hardwood experts" here in South Florida ran into failures with cork sound control. $10,000 here 15K there..on down the line. Basically what happens is; a common suggested adhesive for glueing down cork to concrete does not have the holding strength to withstand some of the stronger hardwood adhesives that is placed over top of it.
What happens is the cork will release from the subfloor. Having done a few vinyl moisture barriers on concrete with hardwood glued to it....many of us feel much safer using the same adhesive as is used for the hardwood.
I'd say skip the vinyl. Why take the chances. Considering it's a "builders job" they may find the cheapest adhesive around. A few months later you may wonder why the glue down floor begins to act like a floating floor and makes all sorts of strange sounds when it comes loose from the concrete slab.
I wonder what Piper ended up doing? Could be too late
Yes, I personally handle installations too.
Mucho Hardwood Flooring Stuff
[This message has been edited by KD Fisher (edited July 25, 2003).]
What they did was they had the cheapest carpet the contractor would install just to get the house closed. As soon as it closed they ripped out every bit of that carpet and had me help them install wood floors.
We ended up installing diagonal centers of select red oak with a border of cherry two boards of oak and another board of cherry with a nine in skirt of oak around the border.
for a similar floor.
So the question is do you have a contractor who is gonna give you a reasonable price on installing the floor or is he or she going to take advantage of the situation and over charge you.
If the later you might want to consider carpeting the bathroom as this will work as a temporary floor that can easily be rmoved until you close on the house.