Bent Nail

02:24PM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 08/05/03
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We are replacing a damaged laminate "floating" floor. We are now trying to decide to go back with a similar application verses a wood floor that is glued to the concrete slab. Will house expansion affect the seams? Isn't this the reason floating floors came to be in the first place?


06:36PM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
floating floors ,first europe,are an easy method to install a hard surface floor(hardwood or laminate) if you go with a glue down product house expansion wont be a problem,leave an expansion gap at the edge(follow mfg.instructions)...good luck


09:51PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
80 lifetime posts
Bent Nail,

Glue down wood flooring is what they refer to as "engineered flooring". That's a fancy way of saying it's oak plywood that's been tongue and grooved. Wood expands and contracts with the width of the board about 100 times more than it changes in length. By constructing "engineered flooring" so that the grain changes direction you make it much more stable than solid wood when it comes to expansion and contraction.

You should be looking at appearance when deciding which to go with. Both will work. Laminate is going to be more scratch resistant. Engineered flooring is real wood.


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