If it is engineered hardwood flooring, the answer is yes, but if you refer to solid wood, the answer is no.  The only difference between the two is construction, which plays a significant part in both where and how it is installed.

Solid vs engineered wood flooring

Solid is, as it sounds, one thickness throughout each plank.  Solid floors are prone to damage when exposed to excess water. Solid hardwood floors also expand and shrink to adjust to humidity; that can be handled with acclimation, where the hardwood is left in opened boxes for three days or more in the room in which it's to be installed. This allows it to adjust to the home's humidity and, although it is a relatively simple process, it should be noted that it is necessary.  If not acclimated, the planks can cup, crown, and gap.

During the solid wood installation, moisture readings of the subfloor must be taken frequently.  If the subfloor is damp, it can travel to the surface floor and cause warping. It is also not recommended to install over concrete subfloors, but an underlayment with a moisture barrier should be used if you do.

Engineered is layered. At the top is the layer of species, which gives the undertones, knots, grains, etc. that we’ve come to expect.  Underneath are three or more authentic wood layers combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position.  As a result, no acclimation is needed, and they can be installed in basements and other subgrade levels. Although engineered, like solid, isn’t recommended for installation in the bathroom--”the wettest room in the house”-- powder and half-baths are fine. Like solid wood, this version can be refinished and sanded and adds value to a property. 

Engineered hardwood’s floating floors

This can be done with the floating floor technique. The pieces click together and then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue needed. Subfloors need to be clean, dry, and level.  It is OK to install over concrete.

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