Flooring for Concrete Slabs
Flooring for Wood Subfloors
Flooring Maintenance - The "Dos"
Flooring Maintenance - The "Don'ts"
- Can solid oak plank flooring be installed directly on
a concrete slab?
What type of flooring can be installed directly on a concrete slab?
- No, you can not install solid oak flooring directly on a concrete slab. A 3/4" plywood
subfloor with recommended moisture preventive must first be attached to the concrete before
you can begin installation of the wood. This process usually raises the floor approximately
1 1/4" to 1 1/2" high when the finished floor is installed.
What is a "parquet"?
- You can install either laminated plank or a parquet.
What is the difference between "strip flooring" and "plank flooring"?
- The term "parquet" means flooring made into a square or a custom pattern and the term "laminated
plank" means layers or plies of wood glued together to simulate a solid plank floor.
The The "Dos" of hardwood flooring maintenance.
- "Strip flooring" is strips of hardwood flooring with a face less than 3" wide. "Plank flooring" is
strips of hardwood flooring with a face equal to or greater than 3" wide. These hardwood
floors are made to nail into a wood subfloor.
The The "Don'ts" of hardwood flooring maintenance.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Use door mats outside room entrances and in front of kitchen sink and refrigerator to help
keep dirt and grit off your floor, and to prevent damage and excessive wear.
- Place runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) along high-traffic areas.
- Move heavy appliances and furniture by sliding them on a piece of thick carpet placed face-down.
- Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture legs.
- Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
- Keep the relative humidity in your home between 45% and 55%.
- Protect your floor from direct sunlight.
What is the normal moisture content of 1/2" or 3/4" solid
- Don't use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor:
ammonia, Fantastik, Formula 409, dishwashing detergent, powdered all-purpose cleaner, Endust,
Pledge, Future, Mop 'n Glo, or other polishes.
- Don't allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time.
- Don't walk across your floor in spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your
- Don't allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.
(Dos and Don'ts from the Robbins "Easy Care Guide")
(Fantastik, Formula 409, Endust, Pledge, Future, Mop 'n Glo are manufacturers' registered
- NOFMA members' oak flooring is usually manufactured at 6% - 9% moisture content with a
5% allowance for pieces outside that range, up to 12%, and to fit a "GO NO-GO" NOFMA flooring
- Flooring should not be unloaded or transported in rain, snow, or excessively humid conditions.
If the atmosphere is foggy or damp, cover with a tarpaulin.
- Before delivery, check the job site. The flooring should not be exposed to high humidity
or moisture. See that surface drainage is directed away from the building. Basements and
crawl spaces must be dry and well- ventilated. In joist construction, outside cross ventilation
through vents or other openings in the foundation wall must be provided, with no dead-air
areas. A ground cover of 6 mil polyethylene film is essential as a moisture retarder.
- Before flooring is delivered to the job site the building should be closed in, with outside
windows and doors in place. All concrete, masonry, sheet rock, and framing members should
be thoroughly dry. In warm months the building must be well ventilated; during winter months
heating near occupancy levels should be maintained at least five days before flooring is
delivered and should remain on after the installation, sanding, and finishing are completed.
(This information was provided by the NOFMA.)