How To Install Hardwood Floors On Concrete In 8 Steps

What makes a home truly comfortable? Is it the well-arranged pieces of furniture? The eye-pleasing wallpaper, or the carefully-curated decorations? It’s all these and more, especially when kept together in a space with clean and smooth flooring.

Most homeowners wouldn’t allow their floors to remain as bare concrete slabs. Sometimes a carpet isn’t enough to beautify your floors. Many are turning to hardwood flooring because they’re low-maintenance, easy to clean, and are a fancy addition to your home.

What’s more, with time, patience, and the right tools, you can install the flooring yourself. All you need to do is follow these steps:

1)Prepare Your Floor

Before anything else, you can choose from various hardwood flooring available near you. Go for more vintage styles if you prefer a home interior with timeless beauty. Consider flooring made of engineered hardwood for easier installation.

Lay the planks out on your floor first to plan your pattern. The beauty of hardwood flooring comes in the direction of the planks’ grains and the shading of the wood. Grab a marker or pencil to mark which planks go where—for example, Plank 1/P1, Row 1/R1.

2)Clean Up

Once you’ve chosen your flooring, you can now remove your floor’s carpets, if any. Don’t forget to take off any nails, paddings, and tack strips you find. Grind the nails as much as possible, and remove and reuse your existing baseboards.

If your concrete floor has paint on, you’ll need to take these off, too. Doing this ensures your hardwood flooring sticks well once laid on the adhesive.

Remember to clean off any remaining debris. Use a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom to get every bit of dirt lying around. A clean surface is best for the seamless installation of hardwood flooring.


3)Apply A Moisture Barrier

Concrete floors need to be rid of any moisture before installing hardwood flooring. If your concrete floor contains too much moisture, you should leave this to dry first. You can speed up the drying with heat or ventilation.

When the concrete slab is completely dry, you may apply a moisture barrier. Use a V-notch trowel to apply this. Begin at the farthest ends of your room going in. While applying moisture barriers, make sure the room is well-ventilated. Open windows or doors and have a fan on to circulate the air. Liquid moisture barriers may release a strong odor.

4)Apply The Adhesive

Before you apply it, however, you’ll need to know if you’re using a suitable adhesive for this project. Some adhesives have different properties. You may pick your preferred glue, but it’s better to use the one recommended by the flooring manufacturer.

Also, check for the drying time of your adhesive brand. Apply this liberally but not too much as some brands might take a long time to dry. Use a V-notched trowel, too, for this step.

5)Install The Planks

Hardwood flooring installation will require a couple of tools on hand. Double-check if you also have these in your tool kit before installing any planks:

  • Hammer or rubber mallet
  • Tape measure
  • Saw (hand saw, circular saw, band saw, or table saw)
  • Tapping block made with either vinyl or plastic
  • Nails
  • Stapler with staples
  • Filler to cover nails, screws, and staple wires as necessary

Always start with your straightest planks for the first row. Like when applying moisture barriers, begin installations nearest the walls first.

6)Secure The Planks

With a tapping block and a hammer, tap the edge of each plank to fill in every gap. Repeat the process of applying adhesive, laying the planks, and securing them until you’ve filled up the whole room’s floor. If you need to, use painter’s tape to attach the seams. Don’t tap the top of the planks with your hammer or mallet to avoid damaging the outer finish.

7)Finishing Up

The job’s not yet over, even if the adhesive has dried. Using a floor roller, go over your whole floor to push down any planks sticking up. Don’t skip this step because doing this keeps the flooring from possible warping.

Remove any tape or spacers you may have left while installing the planks. Replace your baseboards if you need to.

8)Clean Up Again

Before you move your furniture back in, bring in your vacuum cleaner for another round of cleaning. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is strong enough to suck loose dirt and debris but weak enough not to move the flooring’s grooves. You can read these tips on adequately cleaning grooves of hardwood floors to ensure that all your hard work doesn’t go to waste.

Step Into A Better Place

Hardwood flooring is also considerably cheaper than solid wood and resistant to warping over time. It’s both water and heat-resistant, too, making it the perfect flooring choice for homes in high humidity areas. The cost of installation isn’t too bad either. You’ll get quality flooring for a lower price.

You and your family will enjoy seeing clean and smooth hardwood flooring when coming home. It’s lovely to look at and walk on and serves as another element of beauty in any room.

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