When you’re installing a new floor it may be a slightly different process if you’re going to be doing it on top of a concrete slab. Depending on what type of flooring you are installing you may need to deviate a little, or a lot, from your original plans. It is always best to have an idea of how you’re going to proceed before getting started, you don’t want to have to change up your plans midway through the project. Here are some tips on installing various types of flooring on to concrete to help you out.
Hardwood onto Concrete
Installing hardwood flooring onto a concrete slab isn’t tough but does take some planning. One of the big things you need to keep in mind is how the side panels will interact with the flooring itself. You want to make sure that there is enough space between the wall and the flooring. Additionally you’re going to need to put down some plywood first if you’re using the plywood-on-slab system then make sure you nail through both layers of wood and into the concrete. Another thing to consider is the fact that the moisture of the concrete slab itself can alter the dimensions of the flooring planks. This makes it necessary to use a moisture barrier sometimes.
Laminate onto Concrete
The good thing about applying laminate flooring onto concrete flooring is that he process isn’t much different than it normally would be. The main thing to take into consideration here is the fact that the concrete slab needs to be completely free of dust, dirt and other debris. This includes moisture as well and if the concrete has been recently poured make absolutely sure that it is fully dry or there could be serious moisture problems. Aside from that laminate flooring can be installed normally using a vapor barrier.
Tile onto Concrete
the big thing to remember when installing a tile floor onto concrete is the fact that it is not a good idea to install it on chemically treated concrete substitutes so make sure the concrete is the real thing. As usual the concrete must be thoroughly cleaned and moisture free before the tile can be installed. If the concrete has rough or jagged areas use an acid based solution to smooth it out first. Any dips or depressions should be filled as well, the concrete needs to be completely level.
Overall installing flooring over concrete isn’t a difficult task in most cases. Just remember that the concrete needs to be clean, level and moisture free in most cases.