Installation on Concrete
With the advent of technology, the installation process has become easier. Most homeowners prefer to install hardwood floors on the already existent concrete--which makes it comparatively easier and convenient.
Moreover, if the concrete flooring is new, wooden flooring cannot be installed for a minimum of 60 days. In case of the presence of rough spots, these have to be evened out using a sander; after which, an application of a moisture barrier with the help of a paint roller needs to be added.
This will seal the concrete and protect the hardwood floor. This will take at least 16 hours to dry. Most importantly, get the flooring at least a week prior to the approximate day you want to install hardwood flooring.
Step 3 - Installation
Start off at the edge of the longest wall of the room where you want to install the flooring. Then follow these steps:
- Apply the adhesive on the concrete floor, starting at the spot as mentioned before. Place the wood flooring straight on the adhesive.
- Press down the flooring to make sure that the boards stick firmly to the concrete, and to each other.
- Use a rag dipped in mineral spirits to remove the extra glue that comes off from the wooden flooring.
- There has to be a 1/4 inch gap between the wood flooring and the wall while you go about this process.
- Use the painter's tape for taping the boards together and ensuring that the boards are secured well enough.
Once this process is complete, walk around the room to check how well the boards have been fitted. The adhesive will need to dry out for at least 12 hours.
Once the adhesive dries, nail the 1/4 inch round molding to the wall. This is required to cover the expansion joint. A regular baseboard can also be used in place of the molding.