Pros and cons between a floated or a glue down hardwood installation

Floating or glue-down hardwood installation? Understanding the difference.

Hardwood | January 14, 2015

Choosing a gorgeous new hardwood floor for your home is just the first step of an exciting and rewarding process. Hardwood floors have a great ability to transform a room with warmth, beauty and style. With that said, before you start planning a big open house to show off your new investment, take a moment to review and discuss the different hardwood installation methods with your flooring contractor, to ensure a professional look that is sure to withstand the test of time.

There are four basic installation techniques for hardwood flooring:

  • Nail down hardwood installation, occurs when the boards are fastened to a plywood subfloor using cleats or staples
  • Glue down hardwood installation, occurs when the boards are glued to the subfloor with a special flooring glue
  • Floating hardwood installation, occurs when the boards are glued to each other and floated over a cushioned underlay
  • Glueless hardwood installation, -known as a popular variation to the floating installation- occurs when the boards have a specially designed joint system that allows the boards to be “clicked” together without glue or fasteners

The British Columbia Floor Covering Association has put together an amazing article that focuses on explaining the differences and discussing the pros & cons of the two most popular hardwood installation methods – floating vs. glue down. Both systems offer unique advantages over the other so make sure to review them in detail or to contact our experienced team of Sales and Design Consultants if you have any questions about either system. Click below to read full article.

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