The best way to achieve hardwood flooring over concrete is by installing ¾ inch thick wood over the concrete. This underlayment will allow you to install your chosen hardwood easier. It is important to note that adding in an underlayer to your flooring will raise the floor about 1-1/2 inches.
How to Install Hardwood Floors on Concrete Slab?
Installing hardwood floors on a concrete slab is a daunting task. It requires precise measurements, specialized tools and some patience. However, if you take the time to properly prepare the area and follow the instructions, you can have beautiful hardwood floors in your home in no time.
The first step in installing hardwood floors on a concrete slab is to prepare the area. You will need to ensure that the slab is level and free of any debris or imperfections. Use a level to check the slab for any low spots or bumps. If there are any, you will need to fill them in with a leveling compound.
Once the area is ready, you will need to measure and mark the area for the hardwood flooring. Be sure to leave a small expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. This will help to prevent the floor from buckling or warping over time.
Once the area is marked, you will need to lay down a vapor barrier. This will help protect the floor from moisture and will also provide an additional layer of insulation. Use a polyethylene plastic sheet or other vapor barrier material to cover the entire area. Secure the vapor barrier to the concrete with staples or tape.