Installing Engineered Hardwood Floors Over Concrete
Unlike solid hard wood floors, engineered wood can be installed directly over concrete or a basement. However please consider that there are certain installation procedures that must be observed before doing this. First, carry out a vapor transmission test and determine the alkalinity level. This test will help to determine the moisture transmission level of the concrete before installing the engineered hard wood floor. The test kits can be purchased by you if you are considering doing it yourself or can be carried out by the flooring company/contractor. Also, Calcium Chloride test kits can be used to test the rate of vapor transmission from the concrete. For a do-it-yourself, place a bag or container with calcium chloride on the concrete and cover it with a plastic dome. This dome helps to prevent it from falling over. Time this for about 65-72 hours and cut out the sodium chloride plate thereafter. From this, the weight difference between the sodium chloride from the beginning and at the end of the test is the vapor transmission rate of your concrete. On the other hand, the alkalinity level can be measured using Alkalinity Ph test kits.
Note that it has to be carried out alongside the moisture transmission test. It is important to test the moisture level because a concrete with excessive moisture can ruin the process of engineered wood flooring. It rids it of durability because the plies get separated within a short period of time that the floors were installed. Therefore, to reduce the moisture damage and enjoy the time, money, and effort put into an engineered hard wood floor, always test the concrete.
If the moisture level of the concrete is not good, there is a procedure to curtailing moisture damage. It is called raised subfloor systems. These systems consist of separate tiles. Each has a moisture bar beneath, an inch-high raised surface at the center and a wood top. When done, the flooring is raised above the concrete, leaves room for the circulation of air. What really matters is that these tiles help to protect the engineered wood floor from moisture that is likely to cause damage.