Success with HARDWOOD FLOORING by Howard Brickman Moisture control and good prep work are the keys The key to a successful hardwood flooring installation is knowledge of the materials and how to apply them. But it's not enough to simply understand the mechanics of laying a floor. It is also critical that the builder understand the prep work required in the framing and subfloor. Other than proper construction techniques, the moisture content (MC) of the subfloor components will probably have more impact on the longterm appearance of the flooring than any other single factor. Framing Methods In residential wood frame construction over basement or crawl space foundations there are two methods of framing: platform and balloon. With either method, it's important that