How to install hardwood flooring.

It is very common for hardwood flooring to be installed over an existing subfloor the subfloor needs to be three quarter of an inch plywood.However installing hardwood floors in today’s day and age includes nailing methods that have changed very much over the last few years.

In the old days we used to use nailers by hand with the big old mallet they required exact aim and quite a bit of strength but today we don’t rely on those nailers anymore instead we rely on pneumatic nailers.

In the old days the nails were very similar to a cut nail use for concrete today we use staplers for the most part. The question is asked all the time is it better to use nails or is it better to use staples.
For me is very easy staples come with long legs. As they entered the hardwood the legs braid themselves creating a very intricate lock. It is very hard to remove boards that were stapled together. Installers always have their own preference of which tool is best to use on the hardwood floors. We will leave that choice up to them but remember pneumatic staplers are much better to use.

The next thing that one has to make sure is that we have a good subfloor. The proper subfloor is three quarter of an inch plywood, particle board will not do or any other subfloor that is thinner than three quarter of an inch will not allow the nails or staples to seat properly.

If the nails do not grab a hold of the subfloor in a proper way the floor will be spongy underfoot will make noise, it will creak and the nails eventually […]