I would like to install pre-finished 3/4” hardwood floor (one that comes with 25-50 year warranty, such as Bellawood) instead of ruined carpet. My house has all concrete floors grade and above grade level. I understand that, traditionally, a sub-floor has to be installed, and that hardwood planks would have to be nailed. Somebody told me, that there is a simple way to lay down solid hardwood floor as floating floor. First, vapor barrier goes on. Then the planks are glued together to form solid “slab” of floating floor. This person said that this type of hardwood floor installation is very popular now in Europe. Can I install solid pre-finished hardwood floor as a glued together floating slab? I would like to avoid unnecessary spending and labor installing plywood, etc. if possible. Also, thickness of floor is consideration, since it should meet tiles.
i have never heard of a solid 3/4" wood being floated...i understand you can glue 3/4" plywood down,then nail to that...i have heard of a system that uses some kind of "clips" that go under the solid hardwood so it floats...find a few hardwood only installers(shops) and ask if it can be done...good luch
I'm talking about solid wood, not engineered one. I understand, I cannot glue it to concrete. I want to glue planks to each other to form a floor that is not attahced to concrete slab. It's floating. Is that going to work?
I have contacted Mohawk regarding this floor. Their repspond was as following: "Mohawk does not recommend to install a Solid Hardwood Flooring as a glue down installations. If you have any questions please contact our Mohawk Technical Service Department at 888-387-9881 prompt #3." I have also called their Service Dept, but couldn't get through (hit voice mail). I am not looking for floor to glue down. I cannot understate why it is so difficult to set apart "glue down" and glue tother to float. Anyway, majority of respondents advice against solid floating floor, as I see it. I plan to wait a bit before making a decision. May be somebody will come up with floating floor info that I can use.
Interesting you should ask. I live in a townhome community with poured in place above grade concrete floors. The installation of 3/4" plank hardwood floors using the proper adhesive is widespread with no problems. It is commonplace in multstory offices, hotels, etc. Any good flooring contractor knows how to do. You can research the topic by contacting Bruce Flooring at their website.