Some time ago, an individual homeowner came here seeking advice on what to do with his worn-out tile floor. According to him, the base was concrete, but the tile was already having cracks along its edges.
The response he received was to uninstall the tile and fix the floor (the concrete base). At the end of the suggestion, the conclusion was that he could use hardwood flooring if the tile failed to fit in properly. But a hard fact remains that he may find it challenging to install the hardwood unless his concrete base is relatively flat.
The concrete floor base in question was constructed in 2005 using the radiant heating technique. However, the homeowner wasn’t duly informed about the prerequisites for installing a floating hardwood floor. If he intends to do the installation by himself, filling in the lower regions, leveling the elevated areas or setting up a subfloor may be impossible for him. In fact, it might even be tedious for professional floor installers if he happens to employ them.
So, the question remains – is the flatness of the concrete not entirely necessary, or is there another to solve this floor problem that still remains unknown to many?
It is never an easy task to install a hardwood floor on a concrete base. Irrespective of the method of concrete stabilization, one would need to first include a moisture locker and also fasten furring strips on the concrete. Accordingly, the hardwood should be installed over a subfloor, which is fixed directly above the furring strip. At the end of the day, you’ll be having an extra 2.5inches added to the initial level of the concrete base.
Moreover, the non-uniform surfaces of the concrete or subfloor could also further increase the final floor level. It could also make inconsistencies in the final hardwood flooring to become visibly noticeable. The first thing to note is that concrete floors are not to be done without professional help, else the tolerance won’t be able to accommodate future changes.
This particular case is not entirely out of control. A laminate floor can also be installed if a floating hardwood is not feasible. And while a laminate floor may not be as water-resistant as floating hardwood, it can serve as a last resort.
However, the owner of the Messner Flooring firm has unravelled a tool that can be used to remedy irregularities during floor installation. He mentioned the use of a floor leveller, which is a tool calibrated in centimetres and used to level up non-uniform floorings up to one inch in depth. According to him, the device can be allowed to flow over the surface, and it can also be smothered across the floor with a hand trowel.
In this case, the floor levelling device should be installed by an expert floor dealer such as a ceramic or vinyl floor installer. If a smooth, regular base can be successfully obtained with the leveller, then the final flooring can be installed.
For the hardwood finishing, a floating hardwood floor with a WPC midpoint would suffice. This flooring is better than laminate for the following reasons:
They are durable. Hardwood floors can be refinished when they begin to wear out, unlike laminate floors that must be replaced as soon as they wear out.
Purchasing and installing floating hardwood flooring is more affordable than glue-down hardwood floors.
Easy to install and remove. Since floating hardwood flooring does not need the hectic inclusion of fasteners, they are a lot easier to install and remove than other hardwood floors.
Fewer problems with subfloors. Since most subfloors can be incompatible with the glue for floor finishings, floating hardwood floors become the best alternatives.
If, in the long run, you decide to go for a laminate floor finishing, here’s what you should do. Install an underlay of polyurethane foam and then fit the floor, finishing to the underlay. At this point, irregularities in the concrete base should not influence the final floor finishing. Nevertheless, it is best to employ the services of flooring experts if you are not confident enough to perfect the process.
Celtic Tub Refinishers provides refinishing of tubs, refinish bathroom vanity, flooring, formica tables, bars and more. Refinish your home today and save.