After you have decided between solid wood floor or engineered wood floor, the next step is the hardwood floor installation process. Depending on the type of hardwood flooring you choose, will obviously determine the installation process.
There are plenty of people who are well intentioned and try to buy wood and do the hardwood floor installation themselves. The primary goal for most people is to save money. Unfortunately, there are several things that can come up when installing a floor that a novice may miss which can end up costing more money in the long run. Corlew and Perry has almost one hundred years experience in wood floor installation and have learned what to avoid and how to do it right.
The process of installing wood floors with either solid wood or engineered wood is basically the same with some minor variations. The primary differences in the installation process depends on the foundation that the flooring is going on. For example, if your home is built on a crawl space or if your home is built on a concrete slab, the installation process will differ. When installing hard wood floors on crawl spaces, it is important to ensure that all of the plywood subfloor is properly prepped to receive the wood. Likewise, when installing hardwood down on a concrete slab, the concrete must also have been prepped with a vapor barrier to keep moisture from getting to the wood.
How Is the Wood Laid Down?
There are four primary ways that wood floor laid down onto the subfloor. They are:
- Nail Down – Nails, generally from a pneumatic nail gun, are used to fasten the flooring to the sub flooring.
- Staple Down – 1.5″ staples are used in a pneumatic staple gun in lieu of nails
- Glue Down – Generally used only with engineered floors as well as parquet floors
- Floating Floor – Not attached to sub-floor. Easiest option for DIY projects, inexpensive but not as stable as other options.
With all the different variables and potential problems that could arise during the hardwood floor installation process, it is highly recommended that consumers trust their floors to professionals who can avoid costly mistakes. Your home deserves the best floors…your home deserves Corlew and Perry. Call us today at (615) 832-0320!!