Hardwood Floor Installation

Consider your hardwood floor installation options while you’re choosing your floor. Installation methods vary depending on the width, thickness and construction of the hardwood product as well as where the floor is being installed. Typically, solid hardwood flooring is glued, nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor. Because solid wood reacts to changes in temperature and humidity, it is not recommended below grade. Engineered hardwood can be stapled, glued, or installed using a floating floor installation method. The unique construction of engineered wood allows for installation just about anywhere in the home – above, on grade or below – including dampness-prone areas like finished basements and bathrooms.

DIY hardwood floor installation

You may be surprised to learn that DIYers can install hardwood flooring themselves and achieve great results. All it takes is the right floor system, moderate carpentry skills, tools, and following the installation instructions to the letter. Engineered hardwood floors offer the greatest installation ease using a floating floor method. Tongue-and-groove boards attach to each other and not directly to the subfloor. Before considering DIY hardwood floor installation, ask yourself:

  • Do I have moderate DIY skills to get a professional look?
  • Do I have the time?
  • How much money can I save?