Yes, as long as it’s the engineered flooring version of hardwood and as long as the subfloor is dry. Basements can be damp and, in a location like Connecticut, we have significant snowfalls and heavy rainstorms (like Nor'easters) that increase moisture levels.
Engineered wood flooring is more stable and handles water better. At the same time, solid hardwood flooring isn't recommended for below-grade areas where the humidity levels are just too inconsistent for it to be installed.
Why engineered wood floors?
Although solid and engineered wood floors look similar on the surface, engineered floors have a different construction underneath. With engineered, genuine wood is combined with a bit of resin and placed in a crosswise position, making it possible to install in below-grade areas and some higher-than-normal moisture places.
However, we strongly recommend that you check for excess water before proceeding and if you plan to install with the floating floor technique, acclimatize it first.
Why should engineered floors be acclimatized?
Acclimatization refers to a process where wood is left in opened boxes in the room in which it's to be installed for three to five days; this allows the wood's moisture levels to align with that of the room. Wood is affected by moisture and changes shape to adjust.
Even though engineered wood is more stable, it still could happen, especially when the floor floats because any plank shape changes can throw it off balance. A floor floats when the pieces first click together, mat, then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue.
How to check water levels
Does your sump pump switch on frequently? If so, can you determine the reason? Are there always little puddles on the floor after it rains, even when it’s light? Is there a strange odor in the room, like mildew or mold? Do you know what is causing that smell?
With over 20 years of experience, Sunshine Floor Supplies is your one-stop shopping source for flooring, and we also offer free wood flooring quotes. Our showrooms are in Stamford and Bridgeport, CT, and we service those cities surrounding areas.