In the old days, if you had a concrete sub-floor you were pretty much stuck installing ceramic tile or using a builder’s grade, thin solid wood floor. Luckily today people who are installing hardwood floors over concrete today can select from a wide range of engineered wood floors.
Installing hardwood floors over concrete can be done in two different ways. The first way is to glue the floor directly to the concrete slab. If you plan on putting your engineered woods down with glue you will want to make sure you use a 3-in-1 glue that will act as an adhesive, a moisture barrier and a sound barrier. You will also want to make sure you check the moisture content of the concrete and purchase an engineered flooring adhesive that will help protect your flooring from moisture.
The second option you have when installing hardwood floors over concrete it to float your engineered floors. Floating means that you don’t adhere it to the sub-floor. Instead you roll out a moisture barrier padding (many of these come with sound inhibitors as well) and you connect the floor using a wood flooring glue. This option is great for people who have serious moisture issues in their concrete slabs. If you plan on installing the floors yourself we recommend that you use the floating method because it leaves more room for you fix minor errors as you go.
Both installation methods are great for installing engineered wood floors over concrete sub-floors. If engineered wood floors are out of our budget you may want to consider looking at one of our high-quality laminates. Many of our laminates have the look and feel of a real hardwood floor.
simpleFLOORS offers a wide range of engineered woods that are great if you are installing hardwood floors over concrete. We have hundreds of floors that can be installed over concrete.