Hardwood Flooring Installation

The installation process depends entirely on the type of floor you choose. Some floors are nailed down and stapled down, while others are glued down, or floated. Regardless of the process needed Floors On 4th will maximize time and get the job done smoothly.

Nail down installation

Nails are used to fasten the wood to the sub floor with a nailer and mallet. This method is traditionally used with thin wood products.

Staple down installation

Staples are used instead of nails to attach the floor to the sub floor. This method is simpler than the nail down method. A pneumatic nail gun made specifically to fit the tongue portion of the wood plank is used to drive the staples through the wood into the sub floor.

Glue down installation

Engineered wood planks and parquets can be glued down directly onto the sub floor. The wood is adhered to the sub floor with a strong adhesive using a size specific trowel. Drying time is necessary as part of this process.


Floating floors, otherwise known as click together floors, can be installed over a variety of surfaces. They are not attached to any subfloor, they simply float above it. Either adhesive is applied to the tongue and groove portion of the boards to keep them together, or the boards are made to simply snap together. Usually a pad is placed between the wood floor and the sub floor to protect against moisture and reduce noise.