What Is The Difference Between Nailed, Glued & Floating Hardwood Floor Installation?
If you want to add a beautiful flooring option to your home, hardwood floors are a great choice. The hardwood is a beautiful natural wood product that is prepped, cut, stained and sealed before it is installed at your home. The wood offers different options in color depending on what you want and the look you are going for. Once you decide to go with a hardwood floor you want to contact a professional to have them install your new hardwood flooring to make sure it is done correctly. They will go over the options that you have for installation and you can decide which process might be best for you.
Mike’s Custom Flooring lists the difference between nailed, glued and floating hardwood floor installation.
The Look Of The Hardwood Floor Will Be Different: Depending on the type of installation that you choose, you may end up with a slightly different outcome. When you use the floating floor method you are going to have to use an additional piece of material. These are called T Pieces and will need to be added to the doorways of each room that the floors are in. Some people don’t mind these additions but others would prefer a more seamless look so they will use the nailed down or glued method.
What Type Of Subfloor Do You Have – Concrete or Plywood?: Under each of the floors in your home there is a subfloor that the visable floor is installed into or over. Depending on the subfloor that you have, you might be limited to certain kinds of installation options. If you are installing over a concrete slab you are going to have to go with a glued down or floating floor since you cannot nail down the wood planks. If you have a plywood subfloor you can use any of these three options since they will adhere with all of these methods.
Hardwood, Laminate Flooring Sounds: What sound do you want your flooring to make when you walk across it? This may seem like a silly question but it is one you should consider. A wood floor is much different than carpeting and even tile. The look and sound can be very different and you want to make sure that you are happy with what it sounds like when you walk across the floor. If you glue or nail the hardwood floor planks the sound when you walk across is going to sound sturdier and more solid. When you go with a floating floor is will echo a bit more and may sound a little bit louder.