Installing Hardwood below Grade

February 27, 2011  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Flooring & Ceiling, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

Flooring in home is categorized into three parts: below grade, on grade and above grade. Below grade means the flooring is installed below the ground level of the home. This area is prone to absorb moisture from several sources like leaks in plumbing works, water run off and similar other factors. For such areas it is advisable to avoid the use of hardwood flooring as the moisture will degrade hardwood and cause decay of the flooring.

People who like to make use of hardwood flooring should opt for engineered wood floor. Engineered wood is suitable for below grade installation and has capacity to resist moisture up to certain extent. But it cannot be protected from decay from conditions like flooding. It is consisting of many layers of real wood and plastic laminated between it. To increase the stability, the layers of wood are placed above one another at right angle.

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