Posted by - nynj-flooring
Posted by - nynj-flooring
It used to be that if your home rested on a concrete slab, you couldn’t have hardwood floors. This was because moisture could get trapped beneath the wood, leading to mildew, wood cracking, and warping. Plus, it was just too uncomfortable. But that’s not the case anymore. Advancements in wood flooring technology have made it possible for those with concrete foundations to enjoy the beauty, warmth, and easy maintenance that come with wood floors.
NYNJ Flooring can install brand-new, beautiful hardwood flooring in your home, no matter the base surface. But there are still a few special considerations. Before starting, we’ll survey the concrete and make specific accommodations to ensure your new hardwood floor is lovely and long-lasting. Here are a few things to keep in mind before getting started:
Moisture Management Is Key
As you may know, concrete holds on to moisture really well. For those who want hardwood floors, this can be a bad thing. This is because the moisture can get trapped between the concrete and the wood, leading to all sorts of problems, like mold, warped wood, and even loose floorboards. So we take moisture management very seriously. Before installing on a concrete slab, we use special temperature-control and ventilation tools to ensure the surface is 100% dry. Then we install a watertight subfloor so absolutely no moisture can get in. If you’re installing wood flooring on a new home, we require a two-month wait before starting to ensure the new concrete is completely dry.
Opt for Engineered Wood
Engineered wood is a new development and is perfect for homes with concrete foundations. Engineered wood is made of around 5 or 6 layers of plywood, topped by a plank of hardwood. The plywood serves as a barrier between the concrete and the top layer, meaning it’s harder for any moisture to come in contact with the hardwood and ruin it. Plus, engineered wood makes for a cushier floor. When you have hardwood right on top of concrete, it can be really cold and really hard on the feet and knees. Imagine standing on that or having your kids play on it! Engineered wood solves this problem, since plywood is quite soft, and is cushioned by the air between the layers.
Our company was one of the first in the tri-state area to start working on concrete slabs. This is because we value our customers and value a job well done. Patience, expertise, and custom work are the keys to having a successful hardwood floor installation on top of concrete. We’ll walk you through the process, and do everything we can do get rid of moisture issues and structural issues before starting. You can trust NYNJ Flooring to give you a stress-free installation experience. Serving customers in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area for more than ten years has led to a reputation for proving quality work, great service, and budget-friendly pricing, no matter how intricate the project. We offer a warranty on all our work, so satisfaction is guaranteed. Go to our website, nynjflooring.com, to learn more about installing hardwood on concrete. You can also call us at 1-732-768-0741 and schedule a free in-home consultation.