Installing Wood Flooring Over Concrete
Planning to give your floor a facelift?
Changing the floor offers a great way to spruce up the look of a space. There are amazing options to explore, that perfectly complement the home’s overall décor and are in line with the latest trends. However, to achieve the perfect finish, it is essential to ensure that the right installation method is followed. Without adequate knowledge, the process of installation might appear to be a daunting task.
We wish to make the process of installing wood floors an absolutely seamless experience. We understand that the challenge lies in achieving the perfect finish and are here to simplify the task for you.
If you are planning to install wood floors over concrete, we have a few tips to enable you to accomplish the perfect finish.
There are the following three more common substrate situations that you will most likey be Installing your Timber floor on:
- Particle Board
- An existing floor
The most appropriate installation method will be determined based on the above situation you have. At Eco Timber Group, we are still traditionalists when it comes to directly using timber with concrete. Even though certain methods are believed to work, we still belive in best practice methods and don’t really advocate devaition from them. Since solid timber is an all solid sectional profile of flooring, we do not encourage its use directly over concrete. The potential for residual moisture in the concrete even simply a reaction to heat or atmospheric change can see the timber distabilise in its life time as a laid floor. And even with the use of a moisture membrane to seal the slab, you will find that even some of the best glues and flex agents may still not gaurantee it’s integrity in-situ, why? We believe timber needs something firm to be mecghanically affixed too, for it’s entire stability to remain more consistent. if the even of atmospheric change timber may have a reaction and expand and contract so we are trying to find a way to minimise that as best as possible.
In such situations, it is important to have a wooden cross layered underlay like ply with adequate thickness to allow you mechanical fixing ebough purchase to hold you board in place. This will of course increase the height of the floor, so make sure that the additional height does not pose problems around cabinets, doors or anyother transition areas where clearance is required. You also need to be absolutely sure that the concrete does not get damp.
The moisture membrane can be used and this can be in the form of a polyethylene sheeting or applied product. When this is pre-installed or applied to the concrete, it prevents moisture migration into the wooden floor. Following this, you can affix the ply wood to the concrete and commence your floor installation.
In the case of engineered wood too, it is essential to keep in the mind the substrate’s moisture level and the overall flatness of the surface are checked and correct. Engineered floors are however, designed to better handle the moisture and humidity level than solid hardwood based on their construction and make up as they are basically a combonation of the above proceess in one product ( not factoring in the moisture membrane in most cases) . UrbanOak engineered flooring and Heatwood make an excellent choice in such situations. UrbanOak engineered flooring offers you a direct stick application over any flat level substrate including concrete heated slabs. Similarly, Heatwood has a composite stone base, making it a great conductor of heat but also providing the appropriate stability to the floor. Offering the perfect fusion of beauty and practicality, UrbanOak and Heatwood offer unparalleled advantages.
For a concrete any application method. Couple with our ECO Step adhesive which offeres an all-in-one adhesive, moisture barrier, accoustic polymer, flex agent and tempertaure tollerance in. This combination will see your install become quick and effortless once you have ensure a flat , structural surface that is free of loose debris or divots.
Exisiting Floors and Partical Board Applications are a lot more forgiving, however, you will still need to ensure the subfloor is structural and level.
A “rough sand” with a floor sander, will also help break the original coating of an existing floor and or remove any peaks from corners that may have arrisen after laying partical board, over the course of your build or renovation.
Beyond that, your timber now has a surface to be anchored or affixed too ( in the case of solid) and the scored surface of both these surfaces will see your adheisve bond better bewteen the two components if using engineered flooring in a direct stick application. No moisutre barrier is typically required here either, so there is a little less process involved over all.
If you need any further assistance with wood floor installation in Melbourne, feel free to get in touch with us. We will be happy to assist you and help you select the most appropriate product and approach to installing your selected floor.