When you are in the midst of choosing the right hardwood for your home, it can be a process. There are many beautiful options to choose from, making it difficult to nail down the right one. From the different types of wood, to the different finishes you can choose from, the possibilities are endless. Aside from those options, you also need to consider what type of installation method you will be using to install your flooring. Mike’s Custom Flooring is here to talk about the difference between nailing down your hardwood, floating it or gluing, so you can make the right choice for your home.
Floating Hardwood Floor Installation
When someone refers to floating a hardwood floor, the planks simply click together, and it sits on top of the subfloor. When using a floating floor, installation is much quicker and easier than the other two methods. There is usually a pad that is placed on the subfloor before installation to help with sound dampening and moisture protection. Floating a hardwood floor is only an option for engineered hardwood flooring, but not all engineered hardwood flooring is designed to be a floating floor. If that’s an option you’re looking for, make sure you have chosen a floor that is built for it.
Nail Down Hardwood Floors
Fastening, or nail down, is probably the most common installation method used when putting in hardwood flooring. With this method, there are nails and staples used to secure the hardwood flooring to the wooden subfloor. When you have a floor that is nailed down, it is important that the fasteners are spaced appropriately to avoid damage to your floors. If the nails or staples are too close together, you could end up with splitting on the tongue. When you put too few in, you will end up with squeaking and cracking as you walk on it.
Glue Down Hardwood Flooring
This is another option that is often used one engineered hardwood flooring. When you are dealing with a concrete subfloor, this is a great option for securing your hardwood to the subfloor. As the glue dries, it is still pliable so it can also help to dampen sound. There are many different types of glue and every flooring manufacturer has their own glue that they recommend using for the flooring.
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When it comes to choosing the right installation method, it is important that you not only look at the type of hardwood you have chosen but the subfloor as well. It can be difficult to know the best installation route to take, and that’s why Mike’s Custom Flooring is here with you every step of the way. We will help you choose the right flooring for your home as well as the best installation technique for your home or business. You can count on our crew of professionals to ensure you have a beautiful floor in your home when you choose us. Call us today!