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Old 03-14-2007, 06:49 AM
 
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Default What is the best flooring type for a slab foundation?

Just curious about what type of flooring is best for slab foundation.

I have heard laminate might crack after some time.. Is this true?

Thanks!!
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:12 AM
 
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I would say don't install anything that adds to the hardness of the floor such as ceramic/marble tile except in a kitchen or bath. Nice carpeting with the best padding you can afford will help a lot in your bedrooms/living rooms. etc. Berber is extra thick and with a good pad feels great on your feet. It also doesn't show foot traffic and lasts a long time.
I'm sorry I don't know about laminate and slabs but at least two families we know have them and have had no problems with cracking. I do know that hardwood floors can buckle but that could have more to do with our high humidity here in FL than what it's installed over. (?)
We have a slab now with ceramic everywhere except the bedrooms and living room. It's not an issue for us except in the kitchen and to counter the effects of a concrete slab there I use a commercial type of padded floor mat, the kind used by people who are on their feet all day. It's at my sink and does help. I'm going to add one to the stove area soon.
You can find them sold in catalogs such as Carol Wright and Improvements.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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The only reason for laminate, or any other hard surface flooring, to crack would be if you got a crack in the sub-floor. When the slab settles & cracks the hard surface that is glued to it will also crack. A floating wood floor will handle small cracks better, but a huge shift will eventually affect whatever is on it.
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:27 AM
 
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What is the best flooring for slab?
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:45 AM
 
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Not to be flippant, but it sounds like you have a wide range of choices.

I've seen people leave the bare slab, cut grooves into it to make it look like stone, and then glaze or paint it. Nice in a hot climate. Then buy lots of Persian rugs for winter.
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Old 03-14-2007, 02:13 PM
 
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I built a home on a slab and had no problem with my laminate floors (It's been four years). I was told to wait a year for the house to settle if I wanted to install tile. All major settling should have occured by then.
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Old 03-14-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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The quality will vary from slab to slab. The best flooring is whatever makes you happy.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:59 PM
 
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The flooring should not be glued under any circumstances! Laminate in the dry areas is fine as long as it's good quality.
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