Over the most recent thirty years the most popular method of installing solid 3/4" hardwood on concrete was a plywood subfloor attached to the slab (illustration above).
Floating Installation Over A Concrete Slab. Many hardwood flooring manufacturers (but not all) allow their engineered wood floors to be floating over the top of a fully cured concrete slab. A heavy polyurethane moisture barrier is laid and sealed on top of the concrete slab first.
Engineered wood is considered a better choice for installation directly on concrete. Solid hardwood flooring can be susceptible to the moisture migrating through concrete, so it can be installed on a layer of plywood attached to sleepers laid on the concrete to isolate it from dampness.
Re: How To Install Solid Hardwood Flooring On Concrete Foundation Mr Fisher, I live in South Florida where the groundwater is rarely 4 ft. short of the slab. In my area I consider sealing the slab with 2 coats of sealer mandatory followed by the vapor barrier.
Hello everyone! We had a topic earlier on the community regarding the do's and don'ts of installing solid hardwood floors over concrete. As I wrote in the post, you can go with other options such as engineered or click-lock real wood flooring.
Installing a hardwood floor over a concrete slab. Even if your home was built on a concrete slab, you can still enjoy the beauty and charm of hardwood floors. Experienced professionals pay close attention to managing moisture and minimizing wood floor expansion and contraction when preparing to install hardwood floors on concrete slabs.
THE TWO MAIN INSTALLATION METHODS OVER CONCRETE The Glue-Down Method. The glue-down method can be used for solid or engineered bamboo flooring. The most important factor is to ensure you’re using an adhesive that contains a moisture barrier in it, and the trowel that is used specifically for that adhesive. In this method, you will adhere the ...
Moisture can ruin your flooring before you even install it, so avoid bringing the flooring into the installation space until the concrete is dry. Unpack the flooring and spread it around the room to acclimate. Flooring usually takes three to five days to acclimate, but the real test of acclimation is when its moisture content -- as measured by ...
Engineered wood flooring offers the timeless look of hardwood, but is perfect for basements and other areas where moisture can be an issue. Follow these steps to install an engineered wood floor in your home.
The hardwood flooring is then nailed into the studs. Plywood Over Concrete Slab. A more popular way is to lay polyurethane film over the concrete slab and then nail or screw down 5/8" CDX plywood over the film. The solid wood planks are than nailed into the plywood sub-flooring.
If you love solid wood floors and your home rests on a concrete slab, you’re not out of luck. But it’s considerably more difficult to install a 3/4-in. wood floor over concrete than over a wood subfloor.
Concrete floors are arguably one of the most common subfloors today. As a result, it’s important, particularly if you’re planning a DIY installation, to ascertain the best way to fit your floor.
Expert tips and techniques for installing new solid- or engineered hardwood flooring on a concrete slab, including preparation, using a plywood base, and sleepers. When dealing with a concrete slab base, proper preparation is imperative. Though do-it-yourselfers can install wood flooring on a concrete slab, this job is not for the novice.
Two of these reasons are: 1) oftentimes the concrete is moisture permeable, which means that any solid wood floor installed directly to the floor will buckle irreversibly; 2) typically solid wood floors are nailed to the substrate, which is not an option with concrete. One can install 1.5" sleepers on top of the slab to provide this nailing ...
Many homes are on a concrete slab and a big question we often get is how to install over concrete. So I asked our great guys over at Tech & Install to give us some ideas on how to install 3/4" solid Bellawood over concrete.