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Can you install engineered hardwood in basement?

Last Updated: 25th April, 2020

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Yes, you can install hardwood in a basement, as long as there is not a water nor moisture issue. If your basement is below grade (i.e. beneath the ground), then you need to use an engineered hardwood (rather than solid hardwood). Some engineered hardwoods can be nailed or glued and others click into place.

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Similarly, can you put engineered hardwood in a basement?

Basement Living Area While it is possible to install hardwood flooring directly onto a concrete basement floor by gluing it down, it is recommended that a more durable option, such installing subfloor first, or using engineered wood flooring, is considered.

Beside above, what is the best way to install engineered hardwood flooring? 3/4″ thick, engineered planks should be nailed or stapled using a 3/4″ solid wood flooring nailer or stapler of any brand. You must use the recommended size staple or cleat for 3/4″ solid wood installations; you must also use the recommended nailing schedule, which is 1″ to 3″ from the ends, and 8″ to 10″ in the field.

Keeping this in view, can you lay engineered hardwood over concrete?

Installing Engineered Wood Flooring Over Concrete In some cases, engineered wood flooring can be installed directly over concrete and even in below-grade applications. Excessive moisture in a concrete slab can be devastating to an engineered wood floor and can cause the plies to separate.

How do you install hardwood floors on a concrete basement?

The high level of moisture in the basement mitigates against gluing floorboards directly to concrete. A better way to install them is to cover the concrete with a moisture barrier, then nail down a layer of 3/4-inch plywood either directly to the concrete or to pressure-treated 2-by-4-inch sleepers.

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Is it better to glue or float an engineered wood floor?

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What is the best flooring for cement floor in basement?

Since flooring experts generally recommend against installing traditional strip or plank hardwoods below grade, the six best options for basement flooring over concrete are:
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Is vinyl plank flooring good for basements?

Vinyl plank flooring is more durable than either cork or bamboo, making it a great choice if your basement floor gets a lot of foot traffic. Some luxury vinyl planks have an extra thick top layer that's even more durable and resistant to scuffs and minor scrapes.

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Is bamboo flooring good for basements?

Engineered floating strand bamboo floors are the best choice for flooring in basements because: they're easy to replace if your water heater leaks or you have another common basement water issue. they're resistant to moisture and humidity. they're more dimensionally stable than solid floors.

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Do you need a moisture barrier under engineered hardwood?

Installation. If you're planning to nail down your hardwood floors, a moisture barrier is recommended. If you are installing an floating engineered hardwood flooring, you can use Aquabar underlayment to help control moisture.

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Do you need underlayment for engineered hardwood?

If you're installing laminate or engineered flooring that snaps together and floats over the subfloor without nails, you need underlayment even more. Besides all the other benefits, underlay helps support a floating floor. You may find that the flooring still requires a vapor barrier.

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How much does Lowes charge to install engineered hardwood?

This type costs an average of $5 to $10 per square foot, with installation costs running $3 to $10 per square foot.

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Basic $3-$5 $3-$10
Mid $5-$10 $3-$10
High $8-$13 $3-$10

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Can engineered hardwood be refinished?

Can engineered floors be refinished? Yes, they can, at least once. Floors with a wear layer less than 2 millimeters thick can tolerate a light scuff-sanding with a buffer. Thicker top layers can be sanded just like solid wood, allowing you to erase deeper scratches and dents.

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Can you glue engineered hardwood to plywood?

With a glued down or nailed down hardwood floor each plank is fastened directly to the subfloor and not to the adjacent plank so when one plank expands it does not necessarily affect the others planks. So T moldings are not required. On a plywood subfloor you may float, glue or nail down your new wood floor.

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Do I need to glue engineered wood flooring?

Engineered hardwood floors can be glued or nailed into position, but they also have the option of being floated over an underlay. If you have a concrete subfloor, then you should glue your hardwood down, if you have a wooden subfloor then you can choose either method of installation.

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How do I protect my engineered hardwood floors?

Use only a dry to damp mop or cloth for best results when cleaning. Protect your engineered floors from UV damage by pulling drapes or blinds during peak sunlight hours to shield your floors from direct sunlight. Place all houseplants and furniture on soft coasters or felt pads to avoid nicks and scratches.

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Can you put engineered hardwood on stairs?

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Engineered hardwood is often sold prefabricated into risers and stairs, so you need only to purchase the premade pieces in the color and dimensions you want. Once you've received them, you need to begin the process of preparing your existing staircase so you can attach the risers and the treads.

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Do you nail down engineered hardwood?

Engineered hardwood floors may be installed over wood subfloors using staples or flooring cleats. When installing engineered wood planks or strips by nailing or stapling, it is necessary to use the proper type of flooring stapler or nailer made for the thickness of the engineered wood flooring that is being installed.

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How long before you can put furniture on new hardwood floors?

At a minimum, you should wait at least 24 hrs before walking on the floors; for hours 24-48, it's best to wear socks only (no shoes, no bare feet). Ideally, you should wait a total of 4 days before moving furniture back. This is to allow enough time for the floors to dry and cure.