Hardwood Floors over Concrete
Nothing is more jolting in the morning than setting foot on a cold floor. What can you do if you’ve got a built-in formula for cold feet — tile or linoleum over concrete? There’s nothing like the feel of wood plank underfoot.
So, deep six that concrete chill and replace it with the beauty and warmth of hardwood floor. The easiest method is to install factory-finished parquet or laminated hardwood directly over the concrete. Just make sure it’s clean. Then glue it down.
Another option is a floating hardwood floor. With this choice, individual laminated planks are glued together, but not “anchored” to the floor. They float on a layer of foam.
Both floating floors and traditional solid-wood planks on plywood need plastic-sheet vapor barriers because moisture creeps up through concrete slabs. Without this barrier, wood floors twist, cup, split and come loose. Done right, there’s nothing like the beauty and warmth of hardwood. Every morning you’ll be the first one lining up to walk the plank.