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Hardwood Installation


Hardwood can be installed by stapling, nailing, or gluing the wood planks to a subfloor. Some hardwood can also be floated which means that it is installed over a cushion and is not directly attched to the sublfoor. For more information on floating installation see our Laminate Installation page.


Because California has mostly concrete slabs for subfloors the majority of the wood we sell is installed by gluing. This is the only installation method which can be used over a concrete subfloor. Also over a concrete subfloor you must use engineered hardwood, you can not use solid wood due to moisture concerns. For more information on this see our Engineered vs Solid Wood page.


When installing a harwood floor, subfloor preparation is extremely important. Be sure to read the section on Subfloor Preparation below.


When installing laminate flooring remember to stagger your seams. Also avoid using too much force when locking the planks together. It is also extremely important that you leave a clearance of ¼”must be left at walls, pipes, doorways, ducts, and other fixed vertical objects such as an island in a kitchen to allow the floor to expand and contract with changes in humidity.


It's also important to purchase 5% - 10% more material than the actual square footage because there will be some waste involved and it's always a good idea to keep a box or so for future repairs.


Installing hardwood requires physical labor and you will spend a fair amount of times on your knees when installing it. Be aware of this when you are considering whether to install it yourself or have it professionally installed.


Subfloor Preparation


When installing a hardwood floor, it can not be stressed enough how important the subfloor preparation is.  Before installing hardwood you should have the subfloor clean and smooth.  Any foreign particles including paint or sawdust can cause problems.  If the subfloor is concrete, then moisture is always a concern and you MUST use engineered hardwood.  Before installing wood on a concrete subfloor it is important to measure the moisture in the concrete slab.  If it measures more than 4.5 lbs/sq in, then you will need to apply a moisture barrier.  Failure to do this will void most warranties leaving you with an expensive mess on your hands if the floor eventually fails.

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