Real Wood Floors: Installation Methods Vary

    ST. LOUIS, June 15 /CNW/ -- When most people think about installing wood
floors, they envision a hammer and nails. The reality, however, is that there
are several options available for installing wood floors, including nail down,
glue down and floating.
    Nailing down wood floors is the most common installation method. The
process involves nailing or stapling the wood flooring directly to a wood
subfloor. Typically, the flooring is blind nailed through the tongue into the
wooden subfloor so that the nails are not visible after the flooring is
installed. This installation method works for both solid and engineered wood
floors, but only for wood subfloors.
    The glue down installation method involves using adhesive to adhere the
flooring directly to the subfloor, or to a moisture barrier installed directly
over the subfloor. Adhesives work by creating a bond between the subfloor and
the wood flooring through a chemical reaction process. While all adhesives
work on the same principle of changing chemically from a viscose liquid to a
solid, they differ in the carrying agents or catalysts that activate them
based on the chemical properties of the adhesive. This installation method is
most common with engineered wood floors being installed over concrete slabs.
    The final wood flooring installation method is floating. With this
process, the flooring material is neither nailed nor glued to the subfloor,
but floated above it. The flooring material, usually engineered, is either
glued or clipped to itself, both tongue to groove, and at end joints.  This
gives the floor stability, without actually fastening it to the subfloor
beneath it. This type of installation is ideal over existing flooring
material, such as ceramic or laminates.
    To learn more about the benefits of wood floors, visit the NWFA's
consumer web site at, and click on the "All About
Wood Floors" link. You also can find a wood flooring professional in your area
by visiting the "Find a Professional or Product" link.

    The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-for-profit trade
organization of more than 4,100 wood flooring professionals working worldwide
to educate consumers, architects, designers, and builders in the uses and
benefits of wood flooring. The NWFA can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield
Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005, or at 800-422-4556 (USA),
800-848-8824 (Canada), or 636-519-9663 (international).

    Contact:  Anita Howard
    Communications Director


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