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 method involves nailing staples into the tongue of the hardwood plank at an angle, which secures the plank in place.

Staple down installation is often used for thinner hardwood planks, as it provides a secure and stable installation. Additionally, staple down installation creates a flush surface that eliminates any potential height differences between planks. This method is also known for being relatively easy and quick to install compared to other installation methods.

Why Use The Staple Installation Method Over Others?

The stapling method of flooring installation may be preferred over glue or nail installation for a few reasons. One reason is that stapling may be quicker and easier than glue or nail installation, especially for someone with experience using a pneumatic stapler.

Additionally, stapling can provide a secure and reliable installation that is less likely to loosen over time, compared to glue or nail installation. 

Stapling can also be a good choice for installations over subfloors that are not perfectly level, as the staples can help to level out any minor irregularities.

What types of floors are suitable for the stapling installation method?

The staple down installation method is suitable for solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring. It is not recommended for use with laminate or vinyl flooring.

what are the benefits of the staple down flooring installation method?

The staple down flooring installation method has several benefits, including:

  1. Durability: Stapling the floorboards down provides a secure and long-lasting hold, ensuring that the flooring will stay in place for years to come.
  2. Minimal floor height increase: Unlike the floating installation method that adds extra height to the floor, the staple down method is relatively thin, which is an advantage in spaces with limited ceiling height.
  3. Reduced noise: The staple down method creates a solid, stable floor, which can reduce the amount of noise and sound transmission compared to floating floors.
  4. Reduced risk of movement: Stapling down the floorboards can help prevent them from moving or buckling over time, which can be a concern with floating floors.
  5. Suitable for high-traffic areas: The staple down installation method is ideal for high-traffic areas since the floorboards are securely fastened and can withstand the wear and tear of foot traffic.
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