At last you’ve chosen the perfect hardwood floor for your home! Now it’s time to have it professionally installed. The method in which your floor will be installed depends on the surface it will installed over. Here are the three methods that are commonly used.
The nail-down installation is used when installing hardwood over a plywood subfloor or over gypcrete with a sleepers system. Each strip or plank of flooring is blindly nailed or stapled down to the subfloor.
Wood strips or planks are glued directly to the subflooring. This application can be used over concrete subfloor (above grade), gypcrete subfloor (radiant heat flooring) or plywood subfloor.
Floating Installation This method is used mainly with laminate flooring whereas the board are locked or glue together and entire floor floats over a foam underlayment. It does give a hollow sound when you walk on it. This method can be used over many surfaces.