Re: Hardwood Flooring
I've seen slabs covered with 3/4 plywood, then solid hardwood installed. The problem with this is that it creates clearance issues with doors, cabinets, and other things. When I put hardwood into my house on slab I used a floating floor system and it worked beautifully. A floating floor is not attached to the substrate, it merely "floats" on top. Each piece is glued to its neighbor, making the floor one entire sheet that isn't going to move when it's done.
Now, the hard part, choosing the flooring. IMHO, man-made laminates such as Pergo are complete and utter garbage! There is no real wood in them and these floors cannot be refinished.
Next on the ladder would be a wood laminate, where at least the top layer is wood and the core is HDF. This type of floor cannot be refinished.
And finally, the best is a solid wood laminate, where every layer in the laminate is wood. The brand that I used was Kahr's, which has the thickest surface layer which will allow for a more durable floor and the ability to refinish several times before replacement is required.
The flooring I purchased was prefinished. It worked out very well, however if I were to do it again I would finish it in place so that any irregularities could be sanded out for a perfectly smooth floor. Kahr's is a good brand, wears well, installs easily, and looks great. The installation process was to lay a 6mil plastic vapor barrier, 1/8" foam sheets (think packing foam ) which cushions the floor and helps take up irregularities in the slab, then the hardwood is laid.
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