Asked on Sep 20, 2013

Can you put down wood floors on concrete

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how doyou put wood floors down on concrete
5 answers
  • Karen Thatcher
    Karen Thatcher
    on Sep 20, 2013

    can you put down wood floors on concrete

    • Terry's Flooring
      Terry's Flooring
      on Sep 21, 2013

      As far as a vapor barrier is concerned you seal the concrete and let it set over night and glue the floor the next day.. To install I always start on an outside wall..Don't spread glue but enough for 5 rows and use a 3/8 inch v trowel ..Work out of 3 boxes at a time ..Don't spread more than you can lay in atleast 15 minutes ....The glue will also serve as a vapor barrier too ... :)

  • Yes you can and You will need to have a vapor barrier between the concrete and subfloor and then you can add the wood floor. It is important to make sure that moisture does not reach the wood floor or you will have mold, mildew and rot. I am assuming that that you have no moisture issue where the concrete floor is. If you go to a flooring or big box store, seek out the guy who is experienced and pick his brain. Laying a wood floor is not hard just takes a little patience and knowledge. Good luck

  • Kat232875
    on Sep 21, 2013

    I am in the Houston area and 99% of our homes are on concrete. You can use an engineered wood floor (do not confuse with laminate) and glue it down directly to the concrete. It is not recommended or warrantied if you install a 3/4" solid wood floor on concrete. There are many beautiful engineered wood floors to choose from. Check out for some ideas. Hand Scraped wood floors are all the rage now and are very family friendly. If you like the traditional look of wood floors that are job finished, there are some engineered options available. Owens makes an engineered wood floor that you glue down, sand and finish. Good luck with your project.

  • Straight Nails Construction
    Straight Nails Construction
    on Sep 22, 2013

    If you put down a "laminate" floor, you do not need to seal or glue to the concrete, but you must add a plastic vapor barrier prior to doing so. When installing, it is very important to allow a "space" between the edge of the flooring and the wall itself. This will allow the floor to "float" and not buckle if it does move. Once you are finished, you can add your base and trim to finish off. There is some great looking laminate flooring with foam backing to cut down/eliminate the "hollow" sound when walking on laminate floors. I have installed high quality laminate that will take a beating compared to real wood floors that look great.

  • Positive Solutions Inc.
    Positive Solutions Inc.
    on Sep 22, 2013

    yes absolutely, just don't skimp on the under layment, and you put down a flooting floor or use the glue install!

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