November 15, 2021 2 min read

When it comes to flooring installation, you’d be surprised at how many methods there are—and not everything is as simple as clicking a couple of boards together! Glue-down flooring, for example, involves layering adhesive on the back of a board before sticking it to the subfloor. Nail-down installation uses special flooring-grade nailing guns to mechanically hold pieces to the ground.

Because these installation techniques are quite different, they’re suitable for specific types of flooring, and E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online, is here to help guide you in the right direction.

Use the Manufacturer-Specified Installation Method

For many this goes without saying, but for others who have just fallen in love with a given flooring type but can’t manage its installation, it begs mentioning. To you, we say pick another flooring; going against manufacturing recommendations doesn’t just potentially void your warranty, but it also can outright damage the flooring and leave you with a wasted investment.

If this gets rid of certain flooring lines from your potential list, don’t fret! The flooring world is filled with plenty of look-alike models—for example, vinyl flooring that’s been made to look like hardwood flooring. Plus, with E Hardwoods’ massive online stock, you’re sure to find something new that you love.

Nail-Down: An Affordable Choice for Plywood Subfloors

Because you don’t need to buy adhesive and nailing with a gun isn’t labor-intensive, the nail-down method is a great choice for those who have subfloors made of wood. In fact, if you wish to nail down a floor onto a concrete subfloor, you must first lay down plywood—which can get quite expensive, depending on the size of the room. Plus, it’s a whole lot more labor to install what’s essentially two floors.

If you’re worried about the nails showing through after you put the flooring down, relax: they’re well-hidden.

Glue-Down: When Sound or Moisture Could Be Issues

While purchasing and learning to work with adhesive does take time and money, there are a whole heap of benefits that come out of it—namely, the ability of some adhesive types to muffle sound or work to help stop moisture from getting at your flooring. If you’re installing over concrete, the latter could be necessary, as the water held there can become quite damaging to certain flooring types.

Want to learn more about flooring adhesives? Check out our blog, “Selecting the Right Adhesive for Your DIY Flooring Project.”

E Hardwoods & Flooring: For Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring and More

No matter what installation method fits your expertise, we’ve got just the flooring that caters to both that and your style. Shop our massive online stock of vinyl plank flooring and more today!