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How to Install Hardwood Floors Over Concrete

This DIY Basic provides tips on installing hardwoods over concrete.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Clean the Surface and Start Placing Boards

First, make sure your concrete surface is clean, dry and level. Then apply a moisture barrier to seal it. Apply an adhesive along the longest wall and place the first row of boards directly onto it. Continue applying adhesive and then boards, pressing the boards firmly against one other.

Step 3: Prevent Boards from Slipping

Apply blue painter’s tape every few feet to prevent the boards from slipping. Wipe away any excess adhesive with mineral spirits. Work from several boxes of boards at once to help blend any color variations, and stagger the seams as you go.

Step 4: Install Shoe Molding

Walk over the surface to ensure full contact between the flooring and the concrete. Install shoe molding to cover the expansion joints.