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Flooring product with easy installation like laminate, beauty of real hardwood?

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My husband and I would never attempt installing real hardwood flooring between the glue and all that. However, laminate (Pergo) is easy to install for us. Is there any product out there that is either real wood or bamboo or some other natural material that looks great yet still is just as easy to install like pergo (no glue). Thanks.

Engineered wood flooring (Bruce, etc) can be installed "floating", meaning no glue (like laminates). It’s not solid wood, but has a layer of real wood on top of a plywood type base. We had our maple engineered wood floor installed glue-down, but the installers said that floating is just fine, except you still get that slight hollow sound during footfalls (like floating Pergo installs). One note, be very very very cautious about moisture levels when installing on concrete slab, and opt for the vinyl moisture barrier versus the liquid roll-on type. We learned this the hard way… :(

4 Responses to “Flooring product with easy installation like laminate, beauty of real hardwood?”

  1. TERRI T Says:

    there are many Laminates out there, including natural bamboo. Home Depot and Lowes carry a fairly good selection. The snap and lock styles requires no glue.
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  2. solid_performer Says:

    Engineered wood flooring (Bruce, etc) can be installed "floating", meaning no glue (like laminates). It’s not solid wood, but has a layer of real wood on top of a plywood type base. We had our maple engineered wood floor installed glue-down, but the installers said that floating is just fine, except you still get that slight hollow sound during footfalls (like floating Pergo installs). One note, be very very very cautious about moisture levels when installing on concrete slab, and opt for the vinyl moisture barrier versus the liquid roll-on type. We learned this the hard way… :(
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  3. Bob Says:

    Installing pre finished 3/4 inch wood is not a difficult thing to do.
    You start on the most longest and straightest wall, putting shims behind the wood and the wall for expansion to start, then start racking the wood up, rent a floor nailer with mallet and go to town approx every 8 inches or so. watch the joints that they dont line up for at least 2 or 3 rows, piece of cake., allow for expansion all around the room, enough for shoe molding to cover, all you need is a chop saw for your cuts.
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  4. lisetrise Says:

    You will find lots of flooring options, including bamboo, hardwood, cork, reclaimed wood, tile, etc. on the following web page (it links to 15 other pages on flooring):
    http://www.building-your-green-home.com/flooring-types.html

    Bamboo comes in floating, planks, and a kind of laminate:
    http://www.building-your-green-home.com/bamboo-wood-floors.html
    http://www.building-your-green-home.com/bamboo-hardwood-flooring.html

    Hope this helps!
    References :
    http://www.building-your-green-home.com

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