In many homes, both new and old, concrete flooring is poured in the basement or garage. For many growing families, the basement or garage in their home will soon become an extra bedroom, a recreational room or den. Learning more about how to properly install hardwood flooring on a concrete surface is extremely important to avoid wasting your money and experiencing expensive repairs in the future.

What Lies Beneath Your Wood Floor Is Important

The professionally installed wood floor, from places such as Carpet Depot, lies on a surface that could be described as perfect. While no surface can be completely perfect,  getting it as close as possible helps a lot in the long term look and maintenance of a wood floor. When inspecting and preparing your concrete floor for the installation of a wood floor, be sure to consider the following:

  • Pock marks- Pock marks are a common occurrence in concrete slabs. In many cases, these indentations do not show up until the ground below the concrete starts settling. If you see a pock mark, chances are the ground has settled about as much as it is going to, so filling in and sanding with filler is best before installing wood flooring. If you do not fill in pock marks, they leave areas that could promote the buildup of condensation. Condensation under your wood floor spells moisture damage later on.
  • Grade levels- Concrete floors poured at ground level can be at greater risk of moisture issues. You can lay down hardwood flooring on concrete floors at ground level if you make sure to first put down plywood coated with a thick polyurethane coating. You might also consider putting down a vapor retarding material like polyethylene sheathing as well.
  • Oil stains- If the floor you are covering was once a garage, you may have oil stains and other dirty areas to clean before putting down your wood floor. Removing oil stains is important because to prevent adherence issues with the glue used to put down wood planks.
  • Uneven areas- Use a level to ensure all the concrete flooring is level before putting down wood flooring. The slightest uneven area or ridge can cause your wood flooring planks to buckle and come off later on. Air can become trapped in glue in uneven areas that will later cause wood planks to unloosen and buckle.

Nothing is as beautiful as a properly polished wood floor, especially one with garnished with accenting rugs. Adding this kind of addition to your home can help to increase its value while also making it seem like a warmer, more inviting place. Taking the time to properly prepare concrete floors is certainly worthwhile when years later your wood floor installation still looks like it did the day it was laid down.