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Securing Wood Floors
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Securing a wood floor can be accomplished by three methods. Each method offers a different overall look. There are three types of hardwood flooring: strip, plank and square. The type of flooring you are working with will often determine the way in which you should secure it.

Regardless of which method you use, know that is it extremely important that your wood floors be secured properly, with closed gaps, to ensure that it remains beautiful and long lasting. Consider the way in which you will use your wood floors and the overall look you are going for.

Three Securing Options:

• Face nailing: Leaves fasteners visible. Least common method. Requires you to use a smooth faced hammer to align nails and evenly place them. A variety of nails can be used. Gives an overall rustic appeal.
• Screwed and Plugged: Hides fasteners. Commonly used for larger width flooring. Method is time consuming.
• Blind Nailing: Hides fasteners. Most common method used on hardwood floors. Nails are hidden in the tongue and grove joint.

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