Okay, so, you have finally made the choice to replace your dingy, dirty carpet with hardwood flooring. You rip up the corner of your carpet to see what lurks underneath and you find that you have cheap particle board instead of plywood. You immediately ask, “How to install hardwood floors over particle board?” It isn’t so much how you install wood floors, but what type of wood floors can you install over particle board.

When thinking about installing wood flooring in a situation where the only subfloor is particle board, you really only have one option. That option is floating a floor over top of the subfloor. The reason you can only float a floor over particle board is because nails won’t hold in the particle board and glue will ruin the particle board. But don’t worry engineered hardwood floors are great for several reasons.

One of the great things about engineered wood is that it is less susceptible to the climate changes around it. That means as the seasons change the engineered floors won’t change. Another great thing is that you can get a wider plank than you can with a solid wood floor because of the fact that quality engineered flooring will resist cupping much more than solid hardwood will. And the final reason is that engineered flooring can be floated very easily by a do-it-yourselfer or by a professional.

simpleFLOORS offers a wide selection of engineered wood floors. If you are looking for a traditional style engineered hardwood in your home check out the Terre Verte Collection. If you want a hardwood floor with some texture check out the Old World Chisel Collection. If you want a wide engineered wood then check out the Vintage Couture Collection. All three collections are a mix of domestic and exotic species and are coated with 8 coats of aluminum oxide/polyurethane for a very durable, scratch resistant finish.

Strand woven bamboo is also an option when you need to install floors over particle board. You can choose an engineered strand bamboo or you can choose a solid strand woven floor. Solid bamboo is one of the few solid floors that you can install with the floating method because it is naturally resistant to moisture. This resistance to moisture makes it much more structurally stable. If you choose to install strand bamboo as a floated floor make sure to follow the installation instructions perfectly.

Another option when you are wondering how to install hardwood floors over particle board is to choose a laminate instead of a hardwood. Laminates are a durable, cost-efficient flooring choice. simpleFLOORS offers traditional multi-strip plank laminates, handscraped single plank laminate floors, and smooth single plank laminate flooring.

Now you know how to install hardwood floors over particle board. Give us a call and we will send you free samples or stop by a local simpleFLOORS showroom.