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Securing Wood Floors
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
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
• 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.