There are five main ways to install hardwood floors. They are:
An installation style generally used with 3/4″ solid products, there are attachments you can purchase for thinner flooring. 2″ nailing cleats are used with a wood flooring nailer and mallet to attach the flooring to the subfloor. Solid strip floors or plank floors can only be installed on wooden subfloors that are on grade or above grade.
The staple-down installation procedure is easier to do than the nail down for do-it-yourself installations. A pneumatic staple gun is used to drive staples through the tongue of the wood planks and into the wood subfloor underneath. Staples are used instead of nailing cleats to secure the hardwood flooring to the wood subfloor.
Glue-down installation of engineered hardwood floors can be done over wood type subfloors and concrete slabs. Wood planks are simply glued directly onto the subfloor. The recommended adhesive is spread onto the subfloor using a proper sized trowel and then the planks are set into the adhesive.
Some hardwood flooring manufactures recently introduced engineered hardwood floors with a glueless locking system. These floors are meant to float on a variety of sub floors such as wood, concrete slabs, and even some types of existing floors.
Solid wood strip floors and solid wood plank floors can only be nailed or stapled.
With the floating installation method, the floor is not mechanically fastened to any part of the subfloor. There is a thin pad that is placed between the wood flooring and the subfloor. Wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove of each plank to hold the planks together. This is a very fast, easy, and clean method of installation. Please consult the manufacturer installation instructions to see if your flooring can be floated.
Barwood will happily install flooring any way you like. With over 40 years experience in the business, we know how to do what’s right for you.