Hardwood flooring in Woodstock, GA from Cherokee Floor Covering

Can hardwood floors be installed over concrete?

Yes, but there are many factors to consider before doing so, such as subfloor preparation and moisture maintenance.

You do have another choice:  Install engineered wood floors. While solid is installed just one way with a tongue and groove/nail down, engineered hardwood offers a selection of techniques. For example, the floating floor is where the pieces click, mat, and then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue. Any subfloor is acceptable when a floor floats as long as it's clean, dry, and level. Again, the experts at our hardwood flooring showroom in Woodstock, GA, will help you make the decision that's right for you.

The biggest concerns about hardwood and concrete

Concrete can be damp, and most of us know that water is public enemy #1 of solid wood floors. So we'll take moisture readings throughout the installation process, starting at the subfloor.

It's also necessary to affix a ¾-inch piece of plywood over the concrete. This can create height issues and problems with doors not closing correctly and may also make you feel a little closed if you have low ceilings. Finally, you'll have to think about the budget because adding plywood and a more involved installation process will cost more.

Tell me more about engineered wood floors 

Solid hardwood is one thickness throughout, and engineered hardwood has a layered construction. Both look similar on the surface; for example, you can have the beautiful oak, maple, hickory, or whatever your species-of-choice is engineered. It has undertones and characteristics like knots and grains. Underneath, however, are three or more layers of genuine wood combined with a bit of resin and placed in a crosswise position. As a result, it's more stable and better able to handle water.

At Cherokee Floor Covering, you'll always be sure of getting a quality, craftsman-like hardwood flooring residential or commercial installation. We've been serving the area for over 30 years. We are considered the most trusted flooring company in Greater Atlanta with a reputation for a quality product, as well as superior installations and attention to detail. Our showroom is in Woodstock, GA, and we service Woodstock, Marietta, Canton, Acworth, and Kennesaw. Come in for a free quote; you’ll be glad you stopped by!