Solid hardwood flooring is fixed to the subfloor using glue, nails or staples. For successful installation, it’s important that the existing floor is flat and tested for relative moisture. Likewise, an appropriate subfloor material must be used to avoid moisture-related issues that can cause damage to the floor. Solid hardwood flooring installation is not recommended below ground level, in bathrooms or any moisture-prone areas. Solid boards are available unfinished or factory finished. For best results, we recommend hiring a professional hardwood installer.
The unique multi-ply construction of engineered hardwood gives it more flexibility and dimensional stability than solid hardwood. Most engineered floors come factory finished and can be installed using glue, nails, staples or a floating method. Floating floors are the easiest to install thanks to interlocking edges that allow boards to slide together for a tight and secure fit. Unlike glue or nail down methods, the floating method allows for installation directly over an existing floor. Engineered hardwood flooring installation can be done below ground level making it a great choice for finished basements. Experienced DIYers can tackle interlocking installations but let the pros handle the other methods.