There are 4 different oak engineered flooring installation methods. They are nailing the flooring in place, stapling the flooring down, gluing the flooring and allowing the flooring to float. This article will discuss each of these 4 installation methods for oak engineered flooring that are common to all types of flooring installation.
Nailing Oak Engineered Flooring Installation
Nailing oak engineered flooring installation is a solid choice among floor installers. This method is typically used with the 3/4 inch solid oak engineered floors. There are, however, adapters available for thinner flooring sizes as well.
2 inch nailing cleats are used with a wood flooring nailer and mallet. This attaches the flooring to a plywood subfloor. The subfloor must be of the same grade of wood or better if you are installing solid strip floors or plank floors
Stapling Oak Engineered Flooring Installation
Stapling oak engineered flooring installation typically involves the use of a pneumatic nailer. With this method, 1-1/2 to 2 inch staples are used to attach the wood flooring to the subfloor.
Not all wood flooring manufacturers recommend the same staple gun so you should consider using a professional installer to insure that the right staple gun and right size staples are utilized for the flooring your chose. You may also ask a person at a home improvement center, tool rental store or flooring store for information on the correct stapler to use.
Gluing Oak Engineered Flooring Installation
Gluing oak engineered flooring installation can be an effective way to attach the flooring. It can also be the messiest depending on your level of expertise and experience working with flooring adhesives. The recommended mastic or adhesive is applied with the proper sized trowel to adhere the wood flooring to the subfloor. You should know that oak engineered wood floors and parquets can easily be glued down but solid strip floors and plank floors can only be nailed or stapled.
There are many types of adhesives on the market. An installer will use the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive when installing the oak engineered flooring. If you do not use the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive and trowel size, you could void any warranties you may have with the manufacturer of the oak engineered wood flooring.
Floating Oak Engineered Flooring Installation
Floating oak engineered flooring installation is the cleanest method for installing the flooring. With the floating installation method the floor is not mechanically fastened to any part of the subfloor. A thin pad is placed between the wood flooring and the plywood subfloor. A recommended wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove of each plank to hold the planks together. The padding protects the flooring against moisture and reduces the transmission of noise. The padding also makes the flooring softer under foot and provides for some additional insulation as measured by its “R" value.