Can You Install Hardwood Flooring Over Concrete?- Part 2

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Concrete is a cold and generally uninviting flooring fixture. Some folks really get into the industrial feel within their homes, while others prefer a similar polished appearance but without the unforgiving look of concrete involved. If you’re trying to spruce up a concrete floor, you have options, while tile and other flooring options work. The undeniable warmth and allure of hardwood flooring is always at the forefront of folks mind’s, especially when thinking in terms of home upgrades. You could certainly do worse than hardwood flooring since it improves the value of your home as well as the aesthetic. So what does installing hardwood flooring over concrete look like? It can appear more complicated than it really is. Let’s explore the considerations a flooring contractor will take in so that they can make the best decision for your home.

Previously On Our Blog
We began discussing the variable that really puts a hold on your hardwood flooring over concrete dreams: moisture. The grade variation of where you’re installing the future hardwood flooring plays the biggest part in moisture, especially in Texas which is famously dry, unless you’re a native of Houston. If the moisture becomes too big of a problem your wood may start to cup and crown. You’ll see each individual board peaking slightly in the center or dipping down and “cupping.” It can also often result in cracks between boards, which will only allow the wood to soak up more moisture and make it much harder to clean.

When The Hardwood Flooring Installation is At or Above Grade
If you are at least on grade or above grade, the concrete is probably totally dry enough to install new flooring over. The project will require a test to ensure that the concrete is properly dry, but then your flooring contractor will proceed to installing a subflooring for the hardwood to go over the concrete. It should be noted that once subflooring is installed, you won’t easily be able to pull up the hardwood and return to the concrete as the subflooring for the wood flooring will have to be drilled and nailed into the concrete. That means once you’ve committed to covering up the concrete, there won’t be any going back unless you don’t mind having dozens of tiny holes in the concrete rather than one smooth slab.

Contact Texas Hardwood Flooring To Upgrade Your Home
Would you rather not have to worry about all this nonsense? Contact the premier flooring contractors in Plano to get all of your hardwood flooring taken care of. Have a few more questions about the logistics of hardwood flooring installation over concrete? Watch our blog for the next installment.

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