Hardwood flooring from Mississippi Pro Design in Pearl, MA

Can hardwood floors be installed over concrete?

Traditionally, solid hardwood boards were installed in a home where they were sanded, stained, and sealed. This is still the best installation method, especially for large renovations and new construction. But today, homeowners can choose prefinished solid hardwood flooring that has been finished in the factory, while engineered hardwood is a third choice. Mississippi Pro Design Center is a hardwood flooring retailer in Pearl, Mississippi, that offers a large assortment of each of the three types of hardwood flooring. If it is more convenient, we can bring the showroom to you with our shop at home service.


Unfinished and prefinished solid hardwood flooring is nailed to a wood subfloor. Solid hardwood boards cannot be installed over concrete, which always contains moisture. Engineered wood flooring, however, tolerates moisture well. Also, boards usually have a click and lock design that allows them to be connected to form a floating floor with no attachment to the subfloor necessary. Engineered wood and concrete go well together. Padding is placed on the concrete to provide moisture protection, cushioning, and thermal and sound insulation.


Engineered wood flooring has a base that is topped by a layer of hardwood. The base is made up of several layers of plywood that are placed in a crisscross pattern. It is this construction that promotes resistance to water. Because engineered wood floors tolerate moisture, they won’t warp or bow when installed over concrete. Wood species are numerous, and the surface of the floor looks as beautiful as a solid hardwood surface. Matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes are available along with textures like hand-scraped, wire-brushed, and distressed.

Mississippi Pro Design Center brings high-quality products and customer service to residents of Pearl, Jackson, Flowood, Brandon, Clinton, and Madison, Mississippi. We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. We carry doors, windows, and much more so it's easy to shop for your room makeover. Our services include design consultation, hardwood refinishing, and subfloor and flooring repairs. To get started with your wood floors upgrade, return the online form to request an estimate. Or give us a call or visit our showroom in Pearl.