Concrete is a wonderful material for the exteriors of your home, such as patios, decks, and driveways. But for your interiors, a cold, bare concrete floor isn't enough. This is why on most homes, the floor is either carpeted, tiled, or installed with a wood flooring.
Wood is the best option not just for its rustic charm and timeless aesthetic but also for the added warmth it provides. The cost of wood flooring installations can go anywhere from $100 to $1,000 depending on the size of your home and the type of wood you want to use.
Installing wood flooring especially over a concrete slab is a somewhat difficult task and is best left to certified professionals. But, there is certainly no harm in finding out what goes on in the process!
Follow These Flooring Steps
Before installing the wood flooring, the existing concrete floor must first be prepared, which may take a couple of steps, depending on the state of the concrete floor.
After the concrete has been prepared, it is time to start installing the wood flooring. Here is how it goes:
First, a polyethylene sheeting is laid on top of the concrete to minimize moisture. Next, a wood subflooring is installed with screws. This is usually ¾ inches in thickness, and serves both as added warmth, as well as protection for the underlying concrete and the wood planks to be laid on top. Alternatively, evenly spaced 2x4s can be used as the nailing base for the wood planks.
Then, the final wood planks, also around ¾ inches, are nailed in a perpendicular direction onto the subflooring. An alternate option is to use laminated wood glued onto the subflooring. It is much thinner than wood planks, but retains less heat.
Finally, the wood flooring is set to dry, dusted off, and polished. This can also be varnished or painted depending on your preference.
Here's a tip
Another alternative is to glue the wood flooring directly onto the sheeting or moisture barrier using an adhesive. This allows for a bit more flexibility when working, and this way, the concrete floor will not be damaged with screw and nail holes.
This option works best if the flooring of the home is below the surface level (or below grade) of the surrounding exteriors as the adhesive works on keeping moisture away.
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