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Engineered wood floor installation. What are the main differences/benefits b/t glue down and nail down?

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I have a second floor condo with a plywood sub floor. It is cheaper to go with the nail down installation instead of the glue down. I’m wondering what the benefits/disadvantages are with these installations.

THX!

Chabby is right about the glue being used in a slab situation. The glue is used also as a partial protection from moisture in the way.
Glue gives you a quieter floor overall when used on a wood subfloor but still wont stop sub floor noise, which is the cause of a lot of floor noise.
Glue is more expensive and causes for a slower install so you ll be charged more in the long run ( but is a good installation method
It is a good way to do engineered wood but is more expensive, can be very messy for some one not used to working with it.
Staples ( used in most all of engineered wood installation) are a good , fast way to install these floors but can be noisy since most guys,gals won t put in the proper amount of staples( or long enough) and proper paper to stop the squeaks that develop later.

Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL

4 Responses to “Engineered wood floor installation. What are the main differences/benefits b/t glue down and nail down?”

  1. Duane Says:

    you glue and screw, don’t use nails on a floor!
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  2. chabbycat Says:

    Glue down is mainly used when only a concrete foundation floor is available…On the other hand, a plywood subfloor is ideal for the "naildown" installation method creating a much more firm & sound floor.
    References :
    30 Years In The Home Improvement Business.

  3. rob s Says:

    Chabby is right about the glue being used in a slab situation. The glue is used also as a partial protection from moisture in the way.
    Glue gives you a quieter floor overall when used on a wood subfloor but still wont stop sub floor noise, which is the cause of a lot of floor noise.
    Glue is more expensive and causes for a slower install so you ll be charged more in the long run ( but is a good installation method
    It is a good way to do engineered wood but is more expensive, can be very messy for some one not used to working with it.
    Staples ( used in most all of engineered wood installation) are a good , fast way to install these floors but can be noisy since most guys,gals won t put in the proper amount of staples( or long enough) and proper paper to stop the squeaks that develop later.

    Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL
    References :
    20 years in flooring as a store owner/installer

  4. Elliott M Says:

    do not overlook the floating floor systems by pergo and other mfg.you neither nail or glue butsnap lock over a media and seal edges with a silicone to eliminate moisture and allow proper expansion.and these products are the true engineered flooring and the high end are solid wood and durable pre finished
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