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Installation Methods

Different installation methods can be used for different kinds of flooring. In general, the main installation methods include:

  1. Floating: This installation method involves laying the flooring over an underlayment without being attached to the subfloor. The planks or tiles are interlocked using a tongue and groove system or click lock method. This method is typically used for engineered hardwood, laminate, and luxury vinyl flooring.
  2. Glue down: This installation method involves using an adhesive to attach the flooring directly to the subfloor. This method is typically used for hardwood, luxury vinyl, and some types of tile.
  3. Nail down: This installation method involves using nails to attach the flooring directly to the subfloor. This method is typically used for solid hardwood and some engineered hardwood.
  4. Staple: This installation method is similar to nail down, but instead of nails, staples are used to attach the flooring directly to the subfloor. This method is also typically used for solid hardwood and some engineered hardwood.

See our individual installation flooring guides below for a comprehensive look at each of these methods.

Nail-down Installation

Nailing Your Wood Floor Installation When installing wood flooring, you’ll need to know a little about nailing it down, unless you go a different route.

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Floating Installation

Diving Into Floating Wood Floors When installing wood flooring to your home, you’ll have your choice on several different methods to use. You can nail

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Staple-down Installation

A staple among floor installers The staple down flooring installation method involves securing the hardwood planks to the subfloor using a pneumatic flooring stapler. This

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