We are in the process of remodeling our basement with engineered wood flooring. Unfortunately, we decided to not put subfloor type down like plywood and other options that I researched because we would loose a few inches in the overall height of floor to ceiling.
We pulled up the old carpet and the tack strips. After removing the tack strips, there are pieces of concrete that came up where the nails holding the tack strip were. Should we patch each of these spots or can they be left as is? The dept of them are no more than an 1/8"
Also, should we repair the few crack(s) in the floor (less than the width of a penny) . A Lowes store rep said it's not necessary to repair cracks in basement floor since that allows for expansion.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated.This message has been edited. Last edited by: indianboy08,
There is no need to fill the cracks and no need to fill the shallow divots left by the nailing strip tacks. Just make sure that you upgrade to the vapor barrier pad that is designed for concrete floors - this will cost you 50 cents per SF as opposed to the 25 cents for the regular foam pad.
Then install your floating floor. Remember on floating floors that you get what you pay for. The under a dollar per SF floors are crap. Get past $3 per SF and you are into some good stuff.
Thx for the response. We got some good quality engineered wood flooring that was over $5 a sf. It also has a ver thick wear layer. Took us about 3 months to find it.
Make sure it says right on the box or on the companys web site it's below grade rated and follow there instrutions to a tee.