Installation Methods & Underlayments

Consider these installation options when making your hardwood product selection.

Hardwood Underlayment

There are several installation methods available for hardwood flooring. Depending on the product you select, hardwood flooring can be nailed down, glued down, or installed with the floating installation technique. You will need to consider these installation options when making your hardwood product selection.


Solid Hardwood


Solid hardwood must be nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor on or above grade. Underlayment under solid hardwood is not recommended. An asphalt-saturated felt paper should be used under solid hardwood flooring. There may be instances where additional steps need to be taken, depending on the site conditions.


Engineered Hardwood


Engineered hardwood flooring can be nailed down, stapled down, or glued down. If you have a wooden subfloor, it can be nailed or stapled down over an asphalt-saturated felt paper. Underlayment is not required. Engineered hardwood floor can also be floated. When utilizing the floating installation method, the use of underlayment is recommended. There are a few different types of underlayment that Flowers Flooring recommends. Please speak with your estimator or one of our sales representatives to inquire about which underlayment is best for your installation.


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