One of the most common questions concerning hardwood flooring is whether it can be installed over concrete. A quick answer is yes, but there are a few critical pieces of information you need for a successful installation.

In addition to a few essential rules for this type of installation, you’ll have to consider the flooring height when combined with the underlayment. Specifically, this affects your doorways, transitions between flooring types, and cabinetry.

Important information for installing wood floors over concrete

After you’ve taken the special considerations necessary for flooring height, be sure to find out if concrete dampness is going to be an issue.

Next, a special sheeting layer that reduces moisture that can come up from the concrete is put down, followed by a sheet of treated plywood. Finally, the hardwood is attached to the plywood, which can be done in one of three ways.

Nail down installation features, of course, nails that attach the flooring to the plywood. Glue down installation is only available for engineered flooring or bamboo and utilizes an adhesive for attachment. And finally, floating floor installation is accomplished with materials that click and lock into one another or connected at the joints by adhesive.

It’s important to note that engineered flooring is the only wood that can be installed below grade. However, both solid and engineered flooring can be refinished several times, adding to the already extensive lifespan of between 30 and 100 years with proper cleaning and maintenance.

When you’re ready to get started on your flooring project, we will discuss installation over concrete in great detail, so you know exactly what to expect for the entire process.

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When you need a great hardwood flooring retailer, visit Kelly’s Carpet Omaha at our Omaha, NE showroom. We serve the entire area with products and services that truly cater to your particular needs. When you’re ready to browse our extensive inventory to find the perfect wood flooring, be sure to visit us when you’re in the area. We look forward to creating an excellent flooring experience for you.