Nail-down installation

Nail installation is a method commonly used for solid hardwood floors. It follows the same method as staple-down installation, but you use a wood flooring cleat rather than a stapler.

If you're installing engineered hardwood floors, please refer to the staple-down instructions.

materials needed

Nailer or Stapler:

  • For installation over 3/4" wood type subfloors installed over joist or truss systems a minimum 2" long cleat, or staple should be used.
  • 3/4" thick plywood over concrete, 1 1/2" cleats or stapler should be used.

things to keep in mind

  • Always review the instructions included in your box thoroughly before you start installation.
  • Use only nailers or staplers designed for installation of 3/4" hardwood floors.
  • High moisture areas or rooms larger than 20 ft. by 20 ft. may need 1/32 spacers for extra expansion as well as 3/4" at any verticle obstruction.
    • i.e., walls. Mullican recommends prefinished foot for manual and air nailers/staplers.
  • If you plan on storing the material prior to installation, store at least 4" or more off the ground and in a dry area.
  • Before you begin your project, place the cartons in the home and allow flooring to acclimate. For Oak, acclimation time is 3 to 5 days in live in conditions with normal relative humidity and temperature. Other wood species may require a longer acclimation time.
  • Lay flooring only after sheetrock and tile work are thoroughly dried and all woodwork and trim have been completed.
  • Always pull planks from different boxes as you install to provide a more consistent look across the floor.

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