Can I install hardwood floors over concrete?

Can I install hardwood floors over concrete?

You can, but it’s important to note that there are two versions of wood flooring, and each has different requirements, making one type somewhat less complicated to install than the other.

Whether you select solid hardwood flooring or engineered, you're sure to have a gorgeous surface that will instantly enhance your home. Wood floors are versatile enough to work with any decor; add value to a property; are long-lasting.

Engineered hardwood vs. solid

Engineered wood floors can easily be installed over concrete or any subfloor as long as it's clean, dry, and level.

On the surface, these floors look solid with beautiful oak, maple, walnut, or hickory surfaces—undertones, knots, swirls, and everything we love about wood floors. The construction, however, is different, causing engineered to be more stable and better able to handle water.

While solid is one thickness throughout, engineered is composed of at least three (preferably more) layers of genuine wood combined with resin and placed in a crosswise position, but, like solid, they, too, can be refinished and add value to a property.

If you haven’t seen engineered wood yet, come into our hardwood flooring company to see our extensive inventory that includes some of the most recognized brand names, including Mohawk TecWood and more.

If you still insist on installing solid hardwood over concrete

The installer will affix a plywood board over the concrete. They will also need to ensure the concrete is dry, that the room is not prone to leaks or floods, and take moisture readings. One of the biggest concerns, besides moisture, is that the plywood board will create height issues that will affect the opening and closing doors.

If you live in Crescent City, Sheldon, Iroquois, Gilman, Milford, Kentland, Onarga, Ashkum, or Donovan, come into the Kingdon's Home Center in Watseka, IL. You'll find hardwood flooring, other floor products, furnishings, accessories, and more. Be sure to ask about our free quotes.