A locking or "floating" floor is an engineered hardwood floor (see above), but with the added advantage of a locking tongue-and-groove system. Nails, staples, and glue are not required to install locking flooring, so it's the perfect do-it-yourself flooring solution. All you need to do is roll out the moisture barrier underlayment and lock the flooring planks into place.
Plus: some locking floors can be sanded and refinished to your liking.
Not sure which type of flooring you can install in various areas of your home? Consult this handy chart to make sure you choose the right flooring type for your subfloor and desired installation level.*
*Refer to the manufacturer's Instruction for more specific details about your floor.
Installing a solid hardwood floor in your basement opens you up to the risks of damage from water vapour, and this kind of damage often doesn't become apparent until sometime later. As water evaporates from the groundwater in the soil beneath the concrete foundation of your home, wood floors will absorb the moisture and warp. Moreover, immediate damage can often result from flooding, drain backups, broken water pipes, or wall leaks. Replacement and repair can be very costly and time-consuming. If you're looking for wood flooring in your basement, make sure you choose engineered hardwood.