Once you have found the perfect wood product for your home or construction project, it is time to consider the installation process. As wood floor installation methods can vary between products, styles, and finishes. Our articles are aimed to inform readers about the different installation techniques that can be used for optimal performance. Learn about insider tips from seasoned specialists.

If you are about to install hardwood floors, baseboards, or any other wood projects our articles will provide you with valuable information that can assist with installing the products.

Focusing on a wide range of topics include measurements, innovative DIY friendly installation, floor preparation, and more, we are committed to helping guide you through the hardwood installation process with an interesting spin of insight and experience.

  • NWFA Intermediate Installation Training

    I recently attended the intermediate installation course hosted by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) in Seattle, WA. The NWFA is the gold standard for everything wood flooring related in North America ranging from manufacturing, sales, and installation. The intermediate installation course is a 3-day event which covers step by step installation techniques for nail down, glue down, and floating installation. Continue reading →
  • Types Of Subfloors For Your Wood Flooring

    Before you dive into buying your wood flooring it’s important to know which wooden floor types can be fitted on your subfloor, what types of subfloors are available, and how each flooring type is installed.  If you’re looking to upgrade your home and increase value, your flooring is possibly the best investment. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveyed some...
  • 3 Ways To Save On Your Flooring Project

    One of the biggest and most long-term investments in your home is your flooring. Once you put it in, it's here to stay. Hardwood flooring gives you the most flexibility to not only having a long-lasting material but also to make color changes with a little bit of sanding down the road.  So, the big question here is, what can you do to add quality wood flooring without spending a fortune? Continue reading →
  • Effects of Automation on Flooring – Part 3: Installation

    Traditionally wood floors were installed from raw unfinished wood. Afterward, the wood is then sanded, stained, and finished on site. This process, also known as site-finished flooring, requires a wider scope of experience from an installer and a longer timeline to complete. This ultimately resulted in far more money in the installer’s pocket. In 2017, retailers estimated over 80% of all wood floors sold are now factory finished and that number looks to be even higher by now. Reasons sited were often related to tougher finish and less messy environment during installation. Continue reading →
  • The Basics about Hybrid Solid-Engineered Wood Floors

    Solid hardwood flooring for their new builds or flooring projects is an excellent option in new construction or remodeling projects. However, it is not always the practical option. It may require special tools, and it may not work for lower levels of your home. Moisture can be a killer. Sure, you could go with vinyl but they do not offer the same natural beauty that real hardwood floors do.  Continue reading →
  • Tape, Which is Best for Hardwood Floors; A Scientific Experiment

    Tape gets used on every job site, it could be duct tape, painters tape, caution tape, you name the project they probably have a tape for it. When it comes to hardwood flooring, fasteners are often used for holding the planks together while the glue dries in a floating or glue down installation. Choosing the right adhesive strip is an important factor in determining the satisfaction of the final product. Continue reading →
  • Removing the Baseboard Before Installation of Hardwood Floors

    So you are about to install your new hardwood flooring and are wondering if you should remove your baseboard first? There are a few factors you should consider before getting started: Continue reading →
  • Which Direction Should I Lay My Hardwood Flooring?

    Your wood flooring was delivered last week and your installer is scheduled to come over tomorrow morning to install your hardwood flooring. What seemed so intuitive at the store now seems overwhelming with the decision you must make on which direction to install your hardwood flooring. After all, this might be a decision you will have to live with for a long time. Luckily, we are here to help you make the correct decision. Continue reading →
  • Click Lock Floating Wood Floors Vs Tongue and Groove Style | Part 2

    In part 1 we compared some of the pros and cons of different constructions of floating wood floors, specifically click lock and tongue and groove styles. Today we will continue and focus on Tongue & Groove. Continue reading →
  • Part 3: When is Glue-down Installation of Hardwood Floors the Best Choice?

    As you have read in Part 1 & Part 2 there are multiple methods of installing hardwood flooring, both engineered and solid. In Part 3 we will examine the pros and cons of choosing the glue down method of installation. Continue reading →
  • Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment Installation Tips

    When purchasing new flooring, one of the biggest determining factors for which type you choose is cost. A great way to reduce the cost of your new laminate flooring is by installing the Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment yourself. Using Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment will help protect your flooring from moisture and make your floor softer and quieter. Here's a quick guide to install it. Continue reading →
  • Part 2: Is Nail-down Installation The Best?

    Last week we examined the many uses of the floating floor installation in Part 1 of this series. But today let us see the benefits of another install type. Continue reading →
  • Part 1: Are Floating Floors the Right Choice For You?

    When a homeowner walks into a big box store or a carpet floor store, Oftentimes you are introduced to a floating engineered wood floor or a laminate floor at the beginning of your wood floor search. Continue reading →
  • Cabinets and Hardwood Flooring Before or After

    When doing a kitchen project the first question that comes up is should the hardwood floors be installed before or after the cabinets? The correct answer is not as simple as it might seem. First we must consider how your hardwood flooring will be installed. Floating, nail down, or glue down? If installing a floating floor, the answer is simple. Install the cabinets first because heavy cabinetry cannot sit on top of a floating floor or it will restrict movement and increase the chances of flooring separation. However, when installing a wood flooring nail down or glue down, there are more factors to consider. Continue reading →
  • Prefinished Hardwood; Don't Be Hardheaded

    Most old solid oak wood floors can be sanded several times during its lifetime. However, if your flooring is over 20 years old it is best to double check to ensure enough wear-layer exists before attempting another sanding. When a wood floor's wear-layer is under 2 millimeter, you might consider a factory finished hardwoods for your next project. Prefinished hardwoods are also known as factory finished because they are finished at the mill rather than at your home making for a quick install and a tougher finished product. Continue reading →
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