Engineered hardwood flooring adds value, warmth and beauty to your home. Made from layers of real wood compressed together, engineered hardwood floors are better able to handle changes in moisture and humidity than solid hardwood.
If you’ve decided to install engineered hardwoods, there are four possible installation methods depending on the subfloor: glue, nail, staple and float.
Whichever method you choose, you’ll need to prep the subfloor by cleaning, leveling, and checking and adjusting door clearance. Read and defer to the manufacturer’s instructions for acclimation times.
There are three ways to install the engineered wood flooring
Nail-Staple-Down: Installed over approved wood substrates using specifically designed pneumatic flooring staplers or cleat nailing machines.
Glue-Down: Directly-glued over approved, properly prepared wood and concrete subfloors. Follow the glue manufactures labeling instructions regarding correct trowel size, removal of surface sealers, contaminates and use of moisture barriers.
Edge-glue-float: The tongues and grooves are glued together using a flexible/elastomeric PVA carpenter's wood glue. The product is then "floated" over an approved high-quality pad underlayment. This application is often used when a subfloor has imperfections or cannot be attached (nailed or glued), examples are; gypcrete, old tile, Masonite, particle board, etc.
Please see details in these instructions for each "above mentioned" method.