Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home. The natural look of the wood adds a wonderful natural element to the home which creates a classy and elegant atmosphere. When you want to have hardwood floors in your home, you will need to first pick out your floors. When choosing a hardwood flooring for your home, most people focus on the look and color of the wood floor but not how it is installed. There are many different ways to install hardwood floors. One of the more modern and now more popular method is a floating, interlocking installation method. However, Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to focus on the benefits of either a glue or nail down hardwood floors.
Should You Nail Down Hardwood Floors?
Nailed down hardwood floors have many benefits when choosing this installation option. To start, nail down hardwood floors can be installed faster and are fairly cost effective. For those who live in a busy household with children and/or pets, you will want to consider how you can easily repair your hardwood floors. One of the benefits of nail down floors is that replacing boards when needed is much easier. You simply need to remove the nail and put a new plank of wood in its place. Nail down hardwood floors also bring a more traditional element to the floor and look great for rustic style homes.
Benefits of Glued Down Hardwood Floors
There are also a lot of benefits to a glued down hardwood floor, one is that these can be installed anywhere in the home. A nail down floor requires a wood subfloor to be nailed into. If you want to install a hardwood floor on a concrete foundation, a glue down is a great option. Glued down wood floors also fit snug to the subfloor or foundation which provides a solid floor that doesn’t squeak as you walk across the floor. Glued downs are not as fast to install as the glue requires time to dry and the sub floor also needs more preparation. However, the results are worth the extra work.
Is Installing Hardwood Floors a DIY Project?
For those who want to install the floor themselves, you may wonder which method is best for a DIYer. The truth is neither installation method is great for those who want to install the hardwood floor themselves. There is a lot to consider for both installation types. A glue down method requires a level, clean and dry flooring or the result will not work right. The right humidity level must also be properly determined as the wood will expand and shrink. This can ruin the entire installation job and quality of the hardwood floor. Professionals know what the proper humidity and temperature setting is for each type of hard wood and will ensure a quality installation.
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If you have more questions on the different installation methods as well as which one is better for you, or should you require a professional hardwood floor contractor, contact Mike’s Custom Flooring today.