I currently have wall-to-wall carpeting installed over 5/8" MDF Board (top layer) that is over 1/2" OSB Board (bottom layer, on the floor joists).
I'm not 100% sure on the thickness of each, but I know for sure that there are two different sub-floor products under the carpet.
I want to be rid of the carpet.
Can I install 3/4" Pre-finished Oak Plank flooring (by Bruce) directly to the MDF Board/OSB Board with 2" flooring staples or do I have to remove the MDF Board and put down tounge-and-groove 23/32" flooring plywood.
A flooring contractor once told me that the MDF Board will not "hold" a staple or nail fastener, and the new oak plank flooring would not meet warranty installation requirements.
I read all the installation instructions by the flooring manufacturer and they address other sub-floor issues but don't mention MDF Board. I even e-mailed them and they sent me back the same "incomplete" instructions.
I don't mind the expense or labor in removing the MDF and putting down a new plywood sub-floor, but I would be annoyed if I did it and found out I really didn't have to.
HELP ! ! !