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We are building a slab-on-grade home with radiant heat in the slab. Should we use glue-down hardwood flooring or a floating floor?

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We are building a slab-on-grade passive solar house with a radiant heating system already installed in the slab. We want to have hardwood flooring throughout, and are trying to decide between gluing down the flooring or having a floating floor. The glue-down system is very expensive if you pay an installer, and I'm concerned about the toxicity of the glues. I've never actually seen or walked on a floating floor and am concerned whether it will feel "bouncy."




 

 

We are building a slab-on-grade passive solar house with a radiant heating system already installed in the slab. We want to have hardwood flooring throughout, and are trying to decide between gluing down the flooring or having a floating floor. The glue-down system is very expensive if you pay an installer, and I'm concerned about the toxicity of the glues. I've never actually seen or walked on a floating floor and am concerned whether it will feel "bouncy."

I would not recommend installing hardwood over a concrete floor, even with radiant in-floor heat.

Even with the best installation, you run the high risk of the floor cupping from moisture...



 

 

 
 
 

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