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Staple-down installation

Staple-down installation is used for prefinished, engineered hardwood flooring on wood subfloors. This method uses a narrow crown stapler—which has a special nose that guides the staple through the tongue at the perfect angle—to fasten the flooring to wood subfloors. Learn about staple-down installation for engineered hardwood below.

materials needed

3/8 and 1/2 thick products can use :

  • 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch 18 gauge staple
  • 7/32 or 1/4 inch crown or
  • 1 1/4 inch 20 gauge cleat

9/16 and 5/8 thick products can use a:

  • 1 1/2 inch 18 gauge staple
  • 1 3/4 inch 18 gauge clear
*Do not use staples or nails intended for 3/4 inch solid flooring products.

things to keep in mind

  • Always review the instructions included in your box thoroughly before you start installation.
  • Lay flooring only after sheetrock and tile work are thoroughly dried and all woodwork and trim have been completed.
  • Please note, wood or plywood subfloors should not exceed 14 percent moisture content.
  • During installation, keep working environment at a temperature of at least 60°F.
  • Do not open your flooring packages until you're ready to install.
  • Flooring should be laid at right angles to the floor joists and, if possible, in the direction of the longest dimension of the room.
  • Floor should be installed from several cartons at the same time to ensure color and shade mix.
  • End joints should never be closer than 4" from each other.

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