Installation is easy

There are several options for the installation of engineered wood flooring. Each has its own advantages and should be considered when deciding what will be the best long-term outcome for your home.

Unlike solid wood floors which are typically installed using nails or staples to allow for expansion and contraction of the planks, the layered construction of engineered wood provides a more stable plank, thus reducing natural expansion and contraction. Therefore, there are additional options for installing engineered wood floors not typically used with solid wood.

Glue installation

Gluing works well when you are installing engineered hardwood over a concrete subfloor and can be used on any subfloor where it is desired to have a more permanent floor. This method can reduce noise versus a nail down installation since the boards do not move independently from the subfloor.

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Float installation

Used with most subfloors and over existing flooring, it is the easiest installation method. The boards act as a unit and provide room for expansion and contraction due to humidity variances. A noise suppressing underlayment minimizes noise between floors, ideal for condominiums. Highly recommended for prefinished flooring.

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Nail/Staple installation

This method is commonly used to secure the boards to a wooden subfloor. Staples typically fasten to boards tighter. Nails allow for more expansion and contraction in environments with larger changes in humidity.

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The superior board lengths we consistently get from Owens significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to install a floor. The overall appearance is more uniform and my customers are always delighted with the final floor.”     Kerry Watt, Barrera Hardwood