Hardwood flooring on concrete without subfloor?

Old 04-15-21, 06:20 AM
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Hardwood flooring on concrete without subfloor?

Hi All, my first post.

New DIYer here. Bought a house recently. It had carpet in the basement unit. Removed carpet, has concrete beneath. Thinking of installing hardwood. But a subfloor and hardwood will increase floor height substantially and causes other issues (doors, uneven floor height with bathroom/kitchen).

Is there a way to install hardwood on the concrete directly? Is it a good idea? (I live in MA, house is subjected to new england weather if it matters). If not, what are the alternatives?

Thanks in advance.
Old 04-15-21, 06:52 AM
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Engineered flooring and a glue down installation would be what you'd want.
Old 04-15-21, 07:41 AM
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Only certain floorings can be installed below grade, look into vinyl floorings.

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