Floating Engineered Floor Over Stone Tile

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Topic by sondich posted 02-24-2009 03:53 PM 3881 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2009 03:53 PM

In the entryway of my home, I have dated-looking stone which I would love to replace with engineered walnut flooring. The entryway is above grade. The current stone flooring has some variation in thickness (+- 3/16”), dips down where the grout is and the stone has some up&down to it . I’d like to lay a foam underlayment to even our the surface of the stone and float the floor on top, avoiding the demolition of the stone. I would confirm the moisture level of the stone first. Are there any issues that I’m overlooking?

Thank you for your feedback.


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02-24-2009 04:31 PM

You may need to do some leveling. If you’re wanting to NOT damage the stone, which it seems the case, you’ll want to use something like shingles cut to size to bulk up any stones which are set deeper than the ones around it.

This is more important with laminate flooring as it’s thinner, but it’s still a good idea with the engineered flooring too, just to be sure that if someone does step where a low spot is that it does not strain the wood or snap joints.

Else, after that it’s simply just laying down your foam and then flooring.

Would love to see a picture of what it’s like now vs. later when you get it done. :D

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02-25-2009 04:31 PM

Thank you for the feedback. I will post before and after pictures, hopefully within the next couple of weeks.

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03-27-2009 08:19 AM

There are hardwood floors made that can go (almost) directly over concrete – and that would include installation over your tiles. And while they probably would work all right for your application, they do have some drawbacks. You should know the difference between these floors before you plunk any money down.
To be safe, you would probably want to lay a sheet of 6 mil plastic over your tile floors first, then the foam pad, then the flooring. The plastic would act as a vapor retarder and would help prevent large amounts of moisture from reaching the flooring. Laminated flooring of all types is more stable than conventional solid wood strips – in other words, it doesn’t take on or give up moisture as readily as does solid wood – but it is still to your advantage to keep it from undergoing big cyclical humidity changes.

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05-09-2009 10:44 AM

The new engineered wood flooring allows the do it yourself to do just that, lay down your own new floor. There are several types on the market so getting the right type is critical. I will review the several types to make the right choice easier. You can put this flooring over virtually any other kind of flooring providing it’s reasonably flat. Maybe for this kind of flooring, needs payday loan, it is cheap but somehow need money back up.

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