Wood Flooring Installation Tips

How To Install Wood Flooring

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Depending on construction & subfloor, wood flooring can be nailed, stapled, glued, or floated.

Your floor’s construction will determine your installation method. As a general rule, almost all solid wood floors require a nail or staple down install; whereas engineered flooring can typically be nailed, stapled, glued, or floated depending on your subfloor.

Unfinished solid hardwood flooring is installed over wood subfloors or is created with a floor joist system. Installation involves nailing or stapling. Most solid unfinished flooring is 3/4ths of an inch to one inch thick and 2.25 to five or seven inches wide. Smaller strip sizes are also available, and unfinished hardwood flooring can be 5/16ths to one-half of an inch thick and 1.25 inches wide. Unfinished solid hardwood is considered the highest-quality flooring product available, and installing thinner strips of this top-notch wood results in lower vertical floor height.

Able to be installed above, on, or below grade, unfinished engineered wood floors expand and contract less compared to solid hardwood when exposed to moisture and heat. In order to achieve this, engineered flooring manufacturers put together three to nine separate layers of hardwood, with the grain on each facing a different direction.

We ALWAYS RECOMMEND that you refer to your wood floor’s manufacturer to determine their approved method(s) of installation.

Whether you need to nail, staple, glue, or float The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) provides a detailed guide with instructions on how to install a subfloor, solid hardwood flooring, and engineered wood floors.

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