Flooring Installation Methods And How They Differ

Aug 12, 2018

Which Flooring installation is Best for Your Home?

It’s hard to find the perfect flooring that fits your style, your room, and the aesthetics of your decor. It’s harder to choose which installation method works best. There are several kinds of installation methods available, but not all may be suitable for the condition of your construction. If you are uninformed, the decision becomes even more challenging because if your flooring is in the right hands. The experts at Milton Hardwood alleviate some of your concerns with an overview of installation methods and what’s best for which material.

DIY Floor Installation Methods

1. Glueless Installation: This is the most common method of floor installation and perfect for DIY enthusiasts because it requires less skill and technical expertise. All you need to be adept at is using a measuring tape and a hand-held saw. This method is most common with High Density Fibreboard (HDF) such as laminate and cork floors or strand woven wire brushed flooring. The dense, durable HDF core used in these materials allow an easy tongue and groove locking system to fix the sides and ends of the floor planks by hand. You don’t need any special hammer, nails or adhesive. Once interlocked, the floors look neat, seamless and stay in place because of their heavy weight. These planks can be placed over smooth, stable floor such as vinyl, tile or hardwood.

2. Glued Floating Planks: This is not for beginners. You need a bit more skill but with a bit of practice, you can do it yourself too. There is nothing to interlock them firmly unlike the above method but instead, you apply adhesive. The special adhesive is applied on the top of the floor plank’s side tongue with a squeeze bottle applicator tip. Wipe off any excess glue on the plank with a moist cloth. The floating floor planks are installed over a special sound-absorbing underlay which is also used in the glueless installation method. Wait for at least 12 hours or overnight for the glue to dry completely before you put your furniture back into place. This method is well suited for engineered hardwood floors and solid strand woven bamboo.

Professional Floor Installation Methods

1. Glued Down: This technique requires high skill because it can get messy and dangerous. Full spread glue-down adhesive is required from a bucket using a hand trowel that comes in various sizes, depending on the subfloors to be installed over. The adhesive is available in many brands and chemical makeups. You need to have knowledge about the right adhesive for the right flooring materials and application techniques so you are aware of the adjustments to be made for a stable base to avoid unwanted gaps at the seams.

2. Nailed or Stapled Down: To nail or staple flooring planks together, you need special tools that only professionals are aware of such as air compressors, a floor nailer or stapler, different nail and staple gauges, depending on the floor construction and thickness. The underlay for this type of floor installation is thinner than the previous methods, used mostly to prevent creaky noises. The nailing down method requires a stable, sturdy wood subfloor and an expert hand for precision lining. Engineered hardwood flooring is best suited for this method, although it works well with nail down, staple down, glue down or tongue, and groove glue together float too.

Milton Hardwood Flooring

Flooring installation requires high expertise and knowledge. It is better to leave it to the professionals. Milton Hardwood offers complete flooring installation services across our Southern Ontario Installation Area. Contact Milton Hardwood to book an appointment, or come visit us in store.