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I Installed My New Floating Hardwood Floor

Updated on January 29, 2014

My New Floating Hardwood Floor

By Bob Diamond

I installed a floating hardwood floor in our new patio room. We were thinking about buying a new home. We looked around for several months. Our house isn’t old. We just needed just a little more space for entertaining friends, etc.

A builder friend of ours helped us to decide that the best plan would be to knock out the kitchen wall at the back of the house, and add a patio or garden room. It would cost us less than $40,000 to build. We would have to add $100,000 more than we paid for this house, in order to get the same square footage and amenities that we have now, plus the patio room. That sounds like a $60,000 savings to me.

We raised the old patio up to the proper level by pouring a concrete slab. That made it easy for me to install a floating hardwood floor over it. We figured out that it would cost us just about half of what it would cost if I had Don or someone else do it.

I’m the handy type, so I decided to go for it.

I have a couple of pictures that show the results. It came out great, even if I do say so myself.

The only regret we have is that we covered it with an old antique rug that my wife is proud of. Obviously, the old Persian-type rug was not made with modern colorfast dyes, so it left a shadow on the floor. We didn’t realize it, until we rolled it back after about a year and could tell that the floor was a little darker where the carpet had lain.

It was a good floor and a good carpet. We just shouldn’t have put them together.

When it was all over and done with, it was easy simple and inexpensive. I am very glad that I installed the floating hardwood floor myself.

I am including a video with this article that will show you how easy it is.

Take a look at our store to see if we might have some tools you need:

Diamond-Stuff Amazon Tool Store

I did learn one other thing. I should have bought an extra box of flooring. When I got down to the end I miss-cut a couple of pieces and lost over a day trying to find another box that matched the batch that we were using.

I hope this gives you the courage to give it a try and save yourself a few bucks too.

Bob Diamond R.Ph

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Installing Hardwood Floors


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      Domestic Cleaning Altrincham 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for highlighting the risks of certain rugs being put on new floors. You should also be careful which cleaning chemicals are used on the new floor as many of these can damage and bleach a new hard floor over time.

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      Colorado Springs Carpet 

      8 years ago

      Article, which really make a comprehensive comparison of the flotation process, glue and nails hardwood flooring business. Now it's up to customers to look to your own taste. This will surely help them decide what is in your home.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Bob, what a beautiful floor and what a great job. There's nothing like hardwood floors, not only beautiful, but they improve your homes value as well.

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      9 years ago

      Was searching for "hardwood floor information", saw your hubpage. Great info on floors and floorings!

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      P. O'GRady 

      10 years ago

      Way to go Bob.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      It looks like your cat would be right at home on a bean cushion in the patio room on a warm sunny day.

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      10 years ago

      A really useful hub. You just need to add some bean furniture, and you'll have the ultimate in comfort.


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