Excessive moisture in the subfloor will also compromise your installation. The subfloor must also comply structurally. There may also be restrictions to the level of grade on which the selected wood may be installed. Consult your sales associate or manufacturer information for more details.
Periodically, you may discover concealed damaged once your old floor covering has been removed. It is at this time that a qualified installer will be able to determine any repairs necessary to bring the floor into compliance with manufacturer specifications and allow it to properly accept the new flooring.Solid wood:
Solid wood is nailed. Nail type, size, and spacing depend on the thickness of the planks. Remove existing base, shoe molds, and thresholds. Undercut doors and casings. Countersink and fill all face nail holes.Engineered wood:
Engineered products are typically nailed/stapled, glued and select engineered products may be floated. Remove existing base, shoe molds, and thresholds. Undercut doors and casings.
When nailing/stapling, the proper size nail or staple must be used to ensure performance and minimize the risk of damage. Proper spacing of the nails/staples must also be observed.
Glue down methods include wet or dry lay and require proper trowel size and open time to be effective.
Floating flooring is usually installed using a tongue-and-groove-type system and is not attached directly to the subfloor. Some may require adhesive to be placed within the tongue-and-groove of some or all of the flooring. Note that floating is the only acceptable application over a radiant heat floor.
Plank placement is also important to the performance of the finished floor. Staggering the board lengths and ends of the planks in each row helps increase the stability of the floor. It is recommended that wood from assorted cartons be combined to ensure a more natural look and shading mix throughout the installation.
Once the installation is complete, be sure to comply with restrictions and limitations on foot traffic so your floor has time to settle and acclimate properly. Be sure to use protectors when replacing or moving furniture over your new wood floor.
A good installation and proper maintenance will ensure a beautiful floor for years of enjoyment.