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Installing Engineered Wood Flooring Over Concrete

In some cases, engineered wood flooring can be installed directly over concrete and even in below-grade applications. This is something that solid wood floors typically cannot do. However, before installation is attempted over a concrete floor or a basement slab, it is important to conduct a vapor transmission test to determine whether the level of concrete slab vapor emissions (hydrostatic pressure) is acceptable.

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Engineered Wood Flooring Nail-Down Installation

Engineered wood flooring designed for nail-down (non-floating) installation has tongue-and-groove edges similar to traditional hardwood flooring. Most types can also be used for glue-down applications. Always follow the flooring manufacturer’s instructions. The basic installation follows a standard process:

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Engineered Wood Floating-Floor Installation

A floating-floor installation follows a similar process to a nail-down floor but requires no nailing of the flooring planks. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your flooring and application. Most installations involve a similar process:

Unpack and acclimate the flooring planks for three to four days in the room where it will be installed, so that it may acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room. Do not store engineered wood flooring in basements or garages.
Remove shoe molding from baseboard trim, using a pry bar. You do not have to remove the baseboard trim itself.

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Installing Engineered Wood Flooring Over Concrete

In some cases, engineered wood flooring can be installed directly over concrete and even in below-grade applications. This is something that solid wood floors typically cannot do. However, before installation is attempted over a concrete floor or a basement slab, it is important to conduct a vapor transmission test to determine whether the level of concrete slab vapor emissions (hydrostatic pressure) is acceptable.

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Engineered Wood Flooring Nail-Down Installation

Engineered wood flooring designed for nail-down (non-floating) installation has tongue-and-groove edges similar to traditional hardwood flooring. Most types can also be used for glue-down applications. Always follow the flooring manufacturer’s instructions. The basic installation follows a standard process:

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