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Most commonly used wood flooring installation methods
install new hardwood floorDifferent installation methods for wood flooring include Nail Down, Staple Down, Glue Down, and Free-Float. One problem when deciding to purchase a wood floor, is "which installation method will be right for me?" With several different methods to choose from, it can be confusing to say the least. The first thing you need to do, would be to find out what type of sub-floor you currently have, which in most cases would be plywood or concrete.
By determining what type of sub-floor you have, you will automatically narrow down your options. If you have a plywood sub-floor, you can choose any of the installation methods. If you have a concrete sub-floor, you will not be able to use the nail or staple down method without going through some amount of preparation.
Nail/Staple Down Method

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This type of method is used primarily when installing a solid wood floor. This option requires that your home have either plywood of wafer board/OSB on the sub-floor.

Glue Down Method
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This installation method is most common when installing an engineered strip or plank wood floor over a concrete sub-floor.
With plywood sub-floors a glue down installation also can be quieter than a staple down install with less creaking when the floors expands and contracts.

Free-Float Method
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This installation method has grown tremendously in popularity over the last few years. It has become known as one of the most stable and forgiving installation methods available. The reason this installation method is so stable, is because it is not attached to the sub-floor whatsoever.