Hardwood floors can’t be installed directly on top of a concrete subfloor. Hardwood floors must be stapled into a plywood subfloor. On the other hand, engineered floors can be glued directly to concrete or glued together in the tongue and groove and floated over a concrete subfloor. This is due to their increased level of moisture stability.
Hardwood floors might squeak in the future because it can only be nailed down. Hardwood floors require extra attention during the installation process in order to stay squeak-free for a long period of time. Unfortunately, very few contractors nowadays are taking the time to do the job right. This is why you should make sure you trust your contractor 100% before having him install your hardwood floor.
So, here you have it. Answer a few simple questions in order to find out what type of floor you will need.
What type of subfloor do you have?
Concrete subfloors require engineered hardwood, while plywood subfloors will accommodate solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors.
Do you have a humidifier or not?
Hardwood is generally more sensitive to environmental changes. A good engineered hardwood floor will take the moisture changes much better than its solid hardwood floor opponent.
Inform yourself. Understand your options. Choose the right type/species of hardwood, and last but not least, your choice of a qualified contractor will assist in bringing your vision to life in the best manner possible. Soon you will be walking on an elegant floor, in a fabulous home. Your floor, your home, your creation…