Professional hardwood floor installation methods
There are four methods of hardwood floor installation. These are nail down, staple down, glue down and floating installation. We will briefly describe the methods and it will be clear why you need a professional installer to do the job.
The first method of installation is nail down, in which 2-inch nails are used with a wood flooring nailer and mallet to attach the wood flooring to the subfloor. This method is usually used with the 3/4-inch solid wood products.
The staple down method uses 1 1/2 to 2-inch staples to attach the flooring to the subfloor. A pneumatic staple gun drives the staple into the wood flooring and into the subfloor. A professional installer will determine which staple gun and which staple size would be appropriate for the particular project.
The glue down method is used for some types of floors. Engineered wood floors and parquets can be glued down, while solid strip floors and plank floors must be nailed or stapled. Because there are many types of adhesives on the market, your installer will select the one that is recommended by the manufacturer to install your flooring. Using the incorrect adhesive could void the warranty on the product.
With the floating installation method, a thin pad is placed between the flooring and the subfloor. A wood adhesive is then applied in the tongue and groove of each plank to bind the planks together. The floor will not be mechanically fastened to any part of the subfloor. Some engineered floors and all longstrip floors can be installed this way. The advantages of a floating floor are noise reduction, protection against moisture and it is softer underfoot.
As you can see, it will be important to work with a professional installer to help you with all the decisions that need to be made for your hardwood floor installation. Contact us today with any questions you have.