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How to install wood flooring

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Wood Flooring

How to install wood flooring

    You've chosen the type of floor you want. You've even chosen the type of finish you want. Now, it's time to install your new floor. But, first, you have to make one last decision. There are four solid wood floor installation methods from which to choose:
Nail Down - Nails are used to fasten the wood to the subfloor. This method is often used with thin wood flooring.
     Staple Down - Staples are used instead of nails to attach the floor to the subfloor. This method is simpler than the nail down method.
Glue Down - Engineered wood floors and parquets can be glued down. The wood is adhered to the subfloor with a strong adhesive.
     Floating - This is the fastest and easiest method of installation. Floating floors are not attached to any subfloor, they simply float above it. Either adhesive is applied to the boards to keep them together, or the boards are made to simply snap together. Usually a pad is placed between the wood floor and the subfloor to protect against moisture and reduce noise. Floating floors can be installed over almost any surface.

Engineered Wood Flooring Has a Range of Installation Options

Unlike solid wood, which must be nailed to a wood sub-floor, engineered wood can be installed in a different number of ways. Depending on the type you buy, it can be either:

A nail-down floor. This is for the 3/8" thick floor - its thinness requires nailing to enhance stability;
A glue-down floor. The 1/2" thick floor can be nailed down;
A floating floor. The 5/8" planks are thick enough to act as a floating floor.

   Engineered wood boards come pre-finished and are laid as a floating floor. They don't need to be glued or nailed to a base. They usually come with tongue-and-grove edges that are fitted together like puzzle pieces as you lay them.

   You glue along the edge of the board that's already down, then ease the other board into place along side it. Some of today's engineered boards also have edges that "click" together, much like laminate flooring, and they don't require glue.

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