Installation Methods for Solid and Engineered Flooring
Looking into purchasing and installing a new hardwood floor? Regardless of whether you’ve hired someone to install the floor or if you’re taking the do-it-yourself approach, knowing more about your options can help you make the right decision. Since there are a variety of installation options, you will first need to discern what type of subfloor your home has to make sure you pick a suitable installation method. The type of subfloor has a significant impact on installation whether you are looking into solid hardwood or engineered hardwood.
The three most pervasive types of subfloor include particleboard, cement or concrete, and plywood with oriented strand board (OSB) over joists. For all engineered floors, the floating and glue-down methods will work. As for solid floors over concrete and plywood, the glue-down and nail-down methods will work. Solid flooring on top of particle board can only be installed with the glue-down method.
As for vinyl flooring or any other flooring type you may have, this will need to be removed first since it will not work as an appropriate subfloor. You need to be working with a dense and flat subfloor before you get around to the installation process for any wooden flooring.