Hardwood Flooring in Lakeland, FL from Williford Flooring Company Inc.

Hardwood Flooring Over Concrete

Here at Williford Flooring Company Inc., we've been proudly serving Lakeland, Sarasota, Bradenton, Plant City, Winter Haven, Boca Grande, Fort Myers, and the surrounding Florida communities since 1946. One common question we get is whether hardwood flooring can be installed over a concrete slab. The answer is a resounding yes! With the proper techniques, it's definitely possible to enjoy the warmth and elegance of hardwood floors even if your home has concrete subflooring.

Why Choose Hardwood Flooring?

Hardwood flooring adds a touch of natural beauty to any home that's hard to match. It offers timeless appeal, impressive durability, and the potential to increase your home's resale value. With a vast array of colors, wood species, and finishes, there's a perfect hardwood floor to complement every design style.

Challenges of Installing Hardwood Over Concrete

There are a few key things to consider when installing hardwood over concrete:

  • Moisture: Concrete can be porous, so it's crucial to install a moisture barrier to prevent moisture from seeping up into the hardwood.
  • Leveling: Your concrete slab needs to be relatively level to provide a stable base for the hardwood. Significant leveling may be needed if there are big inconsistencies.
  • Expansion: As a natural material, hardwood expands and contracts slightly with changes in temperature and humidity. It's essential to leave a small expansion gap around the perimeter of your floor for this movement.

Methods for Installing Hardwood Floors Over Concrete

Here are some popular methods for installing hardwood over concrete:

  • Engineered Hardwood: Engineered hardwood flooring, with its layered construction, is generally more stable than solid hardwood in moist environments. It can be glued down, floated, or stapled/nailed over concrete.
  • Floating Floor: Floating floors involve interlocking hardwood planks that "float" over a moisture barrier on the concrete subfloor. This is a DIY-friendly option.
  • Glue-Down: This method involves gluing the hardwood flooring directly to the concrete slab using a specialized adhesive.
  • Subfloor System: Installing a plywood subfloor over the concrete and then nailing your hardwood to it provides extra stability and a reliable base.

Let Williford Flooring Company Inc. Guide You!

Installing hardwood over concrete requires careful preparation and specific techniques. We recommend always consulting with a flooring professional for the best possible outcome. At Williford Flooring Company Inc., our experienced team will work with you to choose the right type of hardwood and the ideal installation method to ensure your new flooring adds lasting beauty and value to your Florida home.

Visit our showroom in Lakeland to discover the wide range of gorgeous hardwood flooring options available. We're ready to help you transform your space!