Hardwood Floor Installation
Hardwood floors are a great investment for any home, whether it is brand new or if you are looking to upgrade. However hardwood floor installation is an art form and should be handled by professionals.
Hiring someone with skills developed through years of experience is just as important as the product itself. You want someone like the seasoned crew at Atlas Custom Hardwood Flooring who can guarantee a beautiful, efficient and correct installation. When you see that beautiful finished floor, you'll be glad you did.
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Four primary methods of hardwood floor installation:
- Nail Down: ¾-inch solid wood strips or planks are usually installed by using 2-inch nailing cleats, a wood flooring nail gun and a mallet to attach them to a subfloor. Adapters can be used for thinner products, as well. Solid strips and planks can only be nailed to wooden subfloors on or above grade.
- Staple Down: 11/2 - 2 inch staples attach the wood flooring to the subfloor. A pneumatic gun drives the staples into the hardwood and subfloor. Different wood flooring manufacturers recommend different staple guns, which is why hiring Atlas Custom Hardwood Flooring will help guarantee that both the right staple gun and staples are used.
- Glue Down: An adhesive or a natural resin called mastic is spread with a trowel to adhere the hardwood to the subfloor. This technique is usually used to install engineered and parquet floors since solid strip and plank floors can only be nailed or stapled down.
- Floating: The hardwood floor is not mechanically fastened to any part of the subfloor. In other words, it "floats." A thin pad is placed between the hardwood and the subfloor. At this point, wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove of each strip or plank to hold the pieces together.
The Benefits of Hiring Atlas, Los Angeles Hardwood Flooring Team:
When it comes to hardwood floor installation, you want the best. With Atlas Custom Hardwood Flooring, you will receive top notch professional service from seasoned professionals. Through years of experience, we know just how to acclimate the product, prepare the space, confirm use of the proper tools and give you the beautiful floor you deserve.
What You Should Know About Hardwood Floor Installation:
When the term "hardwood flooring" is used, generally it is referring to planks that are about ¾-inch thick and 2 ¼-inches wide. Most hardwood flooring today is manufactured from the classic type hardwoods (red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan trees) or the newer exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian Cheery, Tigerwood, Ipe, African Teak, etc. The three typical types of hardwood flooring are:
SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING - Traditional solid hardwood floors are made of a single piece of wood with tongue and groove sides and the most popular in hardwood floor installation. Most come unfinished, but there are many pre-finished ¾" solid wood floors. It is very sensitive to moisture, so it is usually nailed down to a wooden sub-floor and not recommended for use directly over a concrete slab or below ground level (such as a floodable basement).
Solid wood floors can be refinished or recoated multiple times throughout their lifespan. It is a natural product, so hardwood flooring expands and contracts in response to seasonal changes in moisture.
ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORING - Engineered wood flooring has become extremely popular because it can be used in areas where solid hardwood is not recommended. It is constructed of 3 or more thin sheets or "plies" of wood laminated together to create a single plank. The plies are laid in opposite directions (called cross-ply) during construction. This creates a floor that is stable and not affected by changes in moisture and temperature like traditional solid wood floors.
ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS are very versatile and can be installed just about anywhere, including over wood sub-floors, concrete slabs and in the basement. They can be nailed, stapled or glued down and even floated in certain circumstances.
Engineered wood floors are comprised of several layers, so the top layer can be a completely different wood than the lower layers. They can be found in many different types of wood whether it be domestic or exotic hardwoods.
LONGSTRIP HARDWOOD FLOORING - Longstrip hardwood floors are engineered floors with the top layer comprised of several thinner wood plies glued together to make a single plank. The center core of a longstrip plank is usually a softer wood material and is used to make the tongue and groove.
The top layer can be almost any hardwood species and is comprised of smaller individual pieces that are generally laid in two or three rows. What's great about this is it gives the illusion of a board that is 2 or 3 narrow planks wide and several planks long. Each plank appears to be an entire preassembled section.
Custom Hardwood Flooring is a full-service Hardwood Floor Installation Los Angeles company that can meet all your needs. From sales to refinishing and installations, we offer many flooring services at affordable prices. Contact us at (866) 601-6833.