Nail Down - Hardwood Flooring Installation

Nail Down Flooring InstallationSome people would prefer to take the step to install their new hardwood flooring themselves, without the help of a professional flooring installer.  These flooring installations may seem a little daunting but as with most of the flooring installation they can be done by someone with basic knowledge of general tools and powered tools.

Installing over Concrete

If you’re installing over concrete then you will need to place a wooden sub floor over the concrete (usually plywood).  If you don’t wish to do this then you will need to choose a different flooring installation method such as the Glue Down flooring installation technique.

Staple Guns

Staple guns have become much more popular in the last few years and many contractors and flooring installers have begun using these.  So choose what you feel comfortable with, either a nail gun or a staple gun.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid Hardwood Flooring should be installed using the nail down method.  You cannot use the glue down method on Solid Flooring because the glue does not give the wood enough freedom to expand and contract with the changes in the weather which in time will result in cracks in the boards.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Hardwood Flooring can be installed using either the nail down method or with the glue down method.