Different Hardwood Flooring Installation Methods + Tips and Tricks

In the following article I’ve collected 5 very useful and helpful videos made by Armstrong, a US based (but internationally operating) flooring and ceiling manufacturer. I’ve listed a short description as well as the tools needed for each installation method below the videos. If you’re facing a hardwood flooring installation or you’re simply not sure which method is the best, these videos are great, short, to the point and contain plenty of tips.

 

Video 1 – Installing Hardwood Floors: Estimating & Subfloor Preparation

Before purchasing any kind of hardwood flooring you need to properly estimate the amount needed. Also, the subfloor needs to be prepared prior to installing hardwood – learn how to do both in this video.

Tools needed:
certified designated dust mask
safety glasses
hearing protection (if using power tools)
tape measure
pencil & paper
claw hammer
work gloves
utility knife
pliers
pry bar
undercut saw
wood chisels
broom, dustpan & brush
vacuum
putty knife

Video 2 – Lock & Fold or Floating Floor Installation

If you need step by step instructions on installing a floating floor with the lock & fold method, this video is for you. It is by far the easiest and fastest hardwood installation method in existence.


Tools needed:
certified designated dust mask
safety glasses
hearing protection
tape measure
pencil & paper
wedges or spacers
utility knife
miter or circular saw
table or saber saw
tapping block
pull bar
armstrong quiet comfort underlayment

Video 3 – Glue-Down Installation for Engineered Hardwood Floor

If you plan to install an engineered hardwood floor, this video will show you how to glue down your engineered hardwood over concrete or a suspended wood floor.

Tools needed:
certified designated dust mask
safety glasses
hearing protection
tape measure
pencil & paper
chalk line
miter or circular saw
table or saber saw
hammer & nails
pull bar
blue painter’s tape
armstrong proconntect glue or bruce everbond (or another certified glue)
adhesive trowel (3/16″ x 1/4″ x 5/16″)

Video 4 – Nail Down Solid Hardwood Installation

Here you’ll find out the “nail down” method of installing a hardwood floor.

Tools needed:
certified designated dust mask
safety glasses
hearing protection
tape measure
pencil & paper
putty & utility knife
chalk line
miter or circular saw
table or saber saw
tapping block
pull bar
3/4″ blind fastening tool
finish nail gun
air compressor

Video 5 – Installing Trims and Moldings on Your Hardwood Floor

This video will show you how to install trims and moldings on your hardwood flooring installation, including cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your floor looking beautiful for years to come.

Tools needed:
mop
adhesive remover
broom, dustpan & brush
trims & moldings
miter saw
touch-up kits and fillers
hammer or power nailer
nail set

Have you found these videos helpful and successfully installed your hardwood floor?
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