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Hardwood Flooring Guide
Before choosing what type of hardwood you want for your house, you must know what subfloor you have and the moisture level.
There are three primary subfloors:
Basement or concrete below ground level
Concrete at ground level
Plywood subfloor at or above ground level
There are four types of hardwood floors:
- 3/4-inch-thick solid piece of hardwood floor
- can only install them over a plywood subfloor at or above ground level
- a thinner version of the 3/4-inch hardwood floor
- you can't install it in the basement or on concrete below ground level
- thin enough to glue down to concrete at ground level or install over plywood at or above ground level
- designed for installation over concrete and to help mitigate potential moisture issues.
- you can install engineered anywhere in the home, including the basement.
- more environmentally friendly and less expensive than solid floors
- A locking, or floating, floor is an engineered floor, but with the added advantage of a locking tongue-and-groove system
- It's the perfect do-it-yourself flooring solution because nails, staples, and glue are not required.