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What kind of solid hardwoods can I install on concrete?

What is the most durable hardwood floor available

What is the Easiest Types Of Hardwood Installations?

What kind of solid hardwoods can I install on concrete?

  1. You have a few Choices


    If moisture conditions are acceptable, there are three types of wood products available for placement over concrete; An engineered glue down, an engineered floating floor or solid wood under 3/4" thick can be used.



    Several adhesive manufacturers warrant solid 3/4"wood installations, those that do require the use of shorts or board lengths under 36". These should only be installed on or above-grade.

    Ottawa Flooring Cntractors recommends 100% urethane flooring adhesives and moisture barriers. Some styles of engineered wood such as the Shaw Epic product can be edge-glued and floated over padding. Floating floors are also available in a glueless click-together style.



    The more traditional ¾" solid hardwoods on concrete can be accomplished with the addition of a plywood sub-floor used as a nailing base over the concrete. However, this can raise floor height problems with door entries and thresholds. Engineered hardwood floors eliminate vertical height issues and can usually be re-finished twice.


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What is the most durable hardwood floor available

  1. Shaw Hardwood Floors Has a Superior Finish


    Shaw Hardwoods with new and improved ScufResist™ Platinum resist scuffs up to 6X better than the competition! When life is tough, Shaw's ScufResist™ PLATINUM finish is tougher. So you can relax and let life happen on our hardwood floors.


    Shaw's new hardwood finish is designed to help resist household scuffing on hardwood floors. Though durable, over time all hardwood floors scuff - it's part of their charm - but our patented finish keeps your floor looking younger longer. So you can live on it.

     While this will certainly help the durability of the floor, it is the hardness of the floor that will give the best indication of durability. Refer to the Janka Hardness rating for a true indication of hardness for a selected species:



    American Black Cherry


    American Black Walnut


    Yellow Birch


    Red Oak


    White Ash


    White Oak


    Hard Maple


    Santos Mahogany


    Brazilian Cherry


    Brazilian Teak


    Brazilian Walnut





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What is the Easiest Types Of Hardwood Installations?

  1. This is a good question...many variables are involved.

    Easiest Types Of Hardwood Installations?



    Looking around on the internet we've noticed too many websites make it sound like any hardwood floor installation is an easy weekend project. Sure, that one room that makes up only 160 square feet is a pretty simple one, but don't expect to get 1,000 square feet done in a weekend. In my opinion there's far too much hype with doing hardwood floors on your own. Why? Online retailers want that sale and home improvement stores assume anything can be a do it yourself project.


    Folks if you're looking at hardwood floors, consider a professional for the work. However, for those that are determined, we've summarized the different types of installations, their difficulty factor and what aching parts of the body you're likely to encounter. For all types, expect a sore back.

    Hardest Types- 2 1/4" Solid Strip Hardwood

    narrower boards of 2 1/4" will take more time installing than a 5" plank. Work load is doubled. If you follow the proper specifications for naildowns (also called staple) and fasten every 6-8" apart on each board it's obvious the skinnier boards will take longer. 

    Not So Hard But High On The List Of Failures - Glue Downs 

    Consider a professional with the experience on this one. There's a lot of hands and knees work. Gluedowns can also get extremely messy with some of the adhesives being used today. Consider it this way. When urethane based adhesives first came into play in the mid 90's my first job was a mess.

    Easiest DIY Product - Lock and Fold


    It is as simple as it sounds! I really don't think it can get any easier. The lock and fold hardwood idea simply goes as easy as placing a board on the subfloor, grabbing another piece, engage the tongue and groove and move to the next board. The locking takes place when additional boards are in reality folded over the other.

    Floating Floors - Glued


    Floating glued type hardwood floors will require more time than lock and fold if they're wide plank. You'll be on your hands and knees all day long and always reaching in dozens of different positions for that hammer and tapping block. With a glued type floating floor you'll probably do just as I do and leave the glue bottle and cleanup rag more than an arms reach away. Good exercise yes, but this type goes much quicker than naildowns or direct gluedowns.



    Some stores still carry the older common parquet. Most of the demand today has become more of a high end specialty product with very high quality. For those thinking of using the common product, the most common reason for failure is a result of not enough adhesive or wrong adhesive used. Another factor for failure has to do with no attention to what the parquet is glued to. Floors need to be clean and free of any contaminates.



    Another favorite amongst the more discriminating buyer crowd. These installations can be intimidating in that layout and alignment is critical and should only be considered by experienced professionals. Herringbone is often glued direct, but some are installed by the nail or staple method to wood subfloors

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