NAIL DOWN/ STAPLE INSTALLATION - In this method we nail down or staple solid or engineered wood strips to the subflooring (usually either plywood or plank wood). We use the advanced secret nailing tools for installation so we could achieve the best finished wood flooring look. A few strips are placed down and arranged prior to fastening to ensure proper placement and tautness.
GLUE DOWN INSTALLATION - In this method we glue down solid, engineered wood floor or parquet directly to the subfloor. In these cases the subfloor is usually concrete, so we pay extra attention to moisture. If it’s a ground floor and concrete base floor we highly recommend damp proof membrane to be applied prior to wood floor installation. For gluing down the floor mainly we use fully flexible glue which is very efficient with solid wood floor as it lets the floor to move a little without causing the glue to crack. Glue down installations can be walked on the next day and furniture can also be moved in.
FLOATING INSTALLATION In this method we glue together the tongue and groove of every plank and the floor floats over a foam cushioned padding. If the flooring has a locking system we can lock the pieces together without glue. This can be used with either laminate or engineered wood floor, but either way the flooring is pre-finished. Not all engineered surfaces can be floated. Floating installation can also be placed over subflooring of questionable quality unlike the other two modes. Also, floating floors are a great option if you have multiple layers of flooring and do not want to remove them all.
ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING comes in a wide range of dimensions and styles, with each plank made of solid wood and milled from a single piece of timber. It benefits of being thick and very durable and stays like this if it’s installed according to the manufacturers recommendations and kept in the room under normal environment. Solid floor ranges normally between 3/4" and 5/16” and can be installed in nail down or glue down styles. It can be sanded and refinished normally more times than engineered or semi-solid wood flooring mainly because of its hardwood thickness.
LAMINATE FLOORING also called floating wood tile, it is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. There is sometimes a glue backing for ease of installation. It has the advantages of costing less than natural floor materials, and of being more durable and hygienic than carpet. It has the disadvantage of being made of a plastic (melamine resin) derived from formaldehyde.