Installing Linoleum on Concrete Floors

Written by Staff Writer

Installing linoleum or similar covering directly on concrete floors can be problematic if there is moisture in the slab.  This is especially a concern with on grade slabs where there may be moisture under the slab that can permeate upward.   Linoleum and similar floor coverings act as a barrier that can cause moisture to be trapped under the flooring.  When this happens, the floor covering can unbond, warp and become a serious hazard.

Carpet covering will let moisture vapor pass through and normally are not a problem.  Carpet can be a solution where other floor coverings are adversely affected by moisture.

If a linoleum or similar covering needs to be installed, it is important to understand and analyze the moisture present in and/or under the slab.  Various types of moisture testing can be performed to help verify that the concrete is dry enough to allow the installation of an impermeable floor covering.