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RE: Another floor question

Never, ever use real hardwood over a concrete floor no matter what the salesman and/or the hardwood manufacturer tries to tell you! You will never overcome the moisture problems inherent in this combination.

I know several people who have ignored this advice much to their disappointment. The only remedy is to throw the whole hardwood installation in the dumpster and start from scratch. A high quality engineered hardwood MIGHT be okay, depending on the amount of moisture that wicks up from the concrete, but I'd never take the chance. Not in a million years!

Stick with a top quality laminate that mimics real hardwood, or some of the new hardwood-looking tile products that have pretty recently hit the market. You'd be very surprised how these tiles look just like hardwood. This would be my choice, if I were you. Just add some area rugs to help dampen the reflected sound and you'll be home free.


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