All wood and/or Laminate flooring requires an “Acclimation” period prior to installation. Acclimation is a time when the flooring materials will be placed in your home. During this time the flooring is adjusting to normal conditions.
General Rule of Thumb:
Laminate- 3 days
Engineered Flooring- 5-7 days
Solid Hardwood- 10-14 days
Exotic Hardwood- 3-4 weeks (pending a moisture test)
Floating installations are used with Laminate, Vinyl Plank and/or Engineered flooring. The flooring is not attached to the sub-floor during this method.
An underlayment material (foam, plastic, felt, cork, etc.) is placed directly over the sub-floor. Then the product is installed by locking the individual pieces together with their specific connecting method.
This method is generally used when installing an engineered floor over a concrete sub-floor. An adhesive is spread over the sub-floor with a notched trowel. The flooring is laid over top of the adhesive. Adhesive with an added moisture barrier will give more protection. It is highly recommended that solid hardwood flooring not be glued down.
This method is most often used when installing solid wood flooring. Nailing may also be used on engineered flooring. During a nail-down install, nails or staples are driven, at an angle, through the tongue portion of each individual board. In some cases, such as with character / antique flooring, you may choose to have exposed “face nail” driven directly through the face of the boards.
Moisture / vapor barriers are extremely important when installing all flooring. Types of moisture barriers include roofing felt, plastic, foam, etc. Moisture barriers are installed or placed directly beneath the flooring. It is highly recommended that the crawlspace also be covered with a plastic moisture barrier. We recommend that a crawlspace moisture barrier should be in place in all crawlspaces to help protect the subfloor. In some instances, a spreadable moisture barrier may be required when installing a glue-down floor over concrete.