Nail Down or Staple Down – Typically used with the 3/4″ solid products. Solid Strip floors or Plank floors can only be installed on wooden sub-floors or sleepers on or above grade. 1″ to 2″ inch staples or nailing cleats are used to attach the wood flooring to the sub-floor. A pneumatic gun is used to drive the staple into the wood flooring and sub-floor.
Glue Down – The recommended mastic or adhesive is spread on with the proper sized trowel to adhere the wood flooring to the sub-floor. It is not recommended to glue down 3/4″ solid.
Engineered and Parquet Floors – Engineered wood floors can be glued, nailed or stapled; parquets can only be glued down. There are many types of adhesives on the market. We use the manufacturers recommended adhesive when installing their flooring.
Floating –There is a 1/8 inch thick pad that is placed between the wood flooring and the sub-floor. Wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove of each plank to hold the planks together. The padding protects against moisture, reduces noise transmission, softer under foot, and provides for some additional “R” value. This is a very fast, easy and clean method of installation.