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Question DetailsAsked on 9/19/2013

On cement, which wood floor is better, glue down engineered or floating snap wood flooring?

Wood floors will be installed on cement. Two bedrooms and a living room. Currently covered in carpet.

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Really either is a good choice. I'm partial to glue down even though it takes longer. There are a few adhesive brands that also seal the concrete as a vapor barrier. The installer just has to make sure not to leave any gaps or voids. Regardless of which type you buy make sure you do a moisture test on the concrete to see if you need it sealed. With a floating floor put down a vapor barrier whether the test shows moisture or not. Leave the opened boxes of flooring in the house for about a week with the a/c on to acclimate before installation.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services


I agree with what Todd said, with a proviso -

If this is in a basement that could ever have water problems, I would go with a floating snap floor made of totally artificial materials (no wood or particle board at all) like Pergo and others make, simply because it is MUCH easier to pull up if it ever gets wet - you can just unsnap it, wash it if exposed to sewage, dry it, and usually reuse it after drying out the basement and replacing the pad.

If you don't like the simulated wood flooring, then if flooding is ever a possibility, I would still go with a floating floor at easier to take up - a couple of man-hours versus man-days of labor, and you will not have a bunch of gooey glue to mess with in the cleanup.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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