Charlie: Bill in the Energy Corridor’s wife is a big fan.
Charlie: She’s got … she likes a crush-
Tom: I take all I get.
Charlie: She has a crush on you.
Charlie: If I want to replace … and this is the question she wants him to ask you.
Charlie: She wants him to have me ask you-
Tom: This is very odd, okay. Who shot John?
Charlie: This is a game of telephone. Anyway, if I want to replace carpet that was installed over concrete floor foundation, out here in West Houston with hardwood flooring, how should the foundation be prepared to avoid problems like warping and stuff like that? Do you think an engineered wood is better than hardwood?
Tom: I don’t think a traditional hardwood on a concrete slab is a very good choice. You only finish the top, you don’t finish the underside. There’s a huge amount of humidity and moisture fluctuations in slabs here in the Houston area. Every thing from a Harvey to just a rainy day. It’s going to go up and down.
The engineered floors are finished on all sides. It’s a better choice and quite frankly, I would use a floating floor and if you do that and it’s an engineered wood that you buy, it’s going to have a manufacturer with it. The manufacturer has to tell you exactly what the prep is. Usually it’s a plastic and a thin layer of foam. You can upgrade the underlayment sometimes to make it quieter. But a floating floor floats separately from the slab and an engineered floor is finished so it can handle the moisture.
Charlie: You have a floating floor in your house?
Tom: I do. 21 years. Mine’s a high pressure plastic laminate. It was a Wilson art floor.
Charlie: Yeah the old Wilson Art sure.
Tom: Yeah it’s still there and it still floats.