Different Types of Installation
The type of installation and materials your home needs is determined by your home being on a concrete slab or having a plywood subfloor. The three main types of installation include floating, nailed down, or glued down installation. Each are effective and have their own unique qualities that make them particular to the type of subfloor you’re installing on top of.
Installing on a Concrete Slab
When you’re installing on a concrete slab, you can either glue to the slab or float your product using engineered wood. A floating floor is a type of hardwood installation where the floor "floats" over the subfloor. With this, the individual hardwood boards have tongue and groove edges that fit together and are locked in place. The entire floor is bonded to itself and not the subfloor
Installing on a Subfloor
Installing hardwoods on a plywood subfloor is a nailed down process. Between the tongue and groove, nails are driven through the board into your plywood locking it into place. Between your hardwoods and subfloor we use a underlayment which acts as a moisture barrier and helps reduce squeaks.
Before doing either type of installation there are a few things Randy Stewart's Hardwood Flooring likes to check. Making sure your subfloor is level is an important step to insure the structural integrity of your installation. Also checking moisture levels is a common practice to make sure the wood and subfloor are properly acclimated to one another. With high standards and professionals that are proud of their work, we offer a remarkable finished product that will last a lifetime.