Engineered hardwood is the newest alternative to solid wood
flooring to hit the market. In addition to the real wood veneer as a thin layer on top of the plank,
engineered hardwood is comprised of man-made materials such as high-density fiberboard (HDF) or
stone-plastic composite (SPC) and an attached underlayment to provide the look of hardwood floors, with
Overwhelmed with all the possibilities? That’s okay, we can walk you through the ins and outs and what
you need to know before shopping.
How to Install Engineered Hardwood
To choose the right installation process for you, it’s best to have a firm understanding of each type of
The tongue and groove method of installation is the most common
for engineered hardwood. The process is as simple as inserting the tongue of one plank into the groove
of another using tongue and groove glue to attach the planks and float the floor.
If you are installing engineered hardwood in a high traffic area, and wanting permanence in your floor,
the glue-down method of installation is the one for you! The process can be more involved than others,
so a professional is always recommended for this method.
Depending on your level of comfort with power tools, this method allows you to install it yourself. With
a wood subfloor, and a power nailer this process is simply applying fasteners into the tongue of the
planks. After locking the next row of planks together, you also fasten them down with nails.
If you prefer staples over nails to fasten your engineered hardwood to the subfloor, then you’ll use the
same techniques as nail-down installation.