Hardwood Installation

4 methods of installation

1. Glue Down:

  • An adhesive is spread on with the proper sized trowel
  • Engineered floors and parquets- can be glued down
  • Solid strip floors and plank floors can only be nailed or stapled

2. Nail Down:

  • Used with the 3/4" solid products
  • Sometimes available for thinner floors
  • 2" nailing cleats used with a nailer and mallet to attach to the subfloor
  • Solid strip floors or plank floors only installed on wood subfloors on grade or above grade

3. Staple Down:

  • 1-1/2 to 2-inch staples used versus nailing cleats to attach to the subfloor
  • Pneumatic gun used to drive the staple into the subfloor
  • Not all companies recommend the same staple gun

4. Floating:

  • Padding and glue used together
  • Floating installation- not fastened to the subfloor
  • A thin pad placed between the floor and subfloor
  • Wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove to hold planks together
  • Padding advantages: protects against moisture, reduces noise, softer, additional "R" value
  • Engineered floors and all Longstrip floors can be floated
  • Fast, easy and clean method of installation

Acclimation

  • Mandatory
  • 2-3 days prior to installation
  • Must be done in the area where the product is installed