FAQ, Installation

Should You Nail or Glue Down Your Hardwood Floors

There’s a great feeling in having your hardwood floors delivered to your home and knowing the last step is soon approaching. All that’s left to do is install your beautiful hardwood floors! There are two adhering options to consider before proceeding to the installation phase. You can either nail down your hardwood floors or glue down your hardwood floors. Seems like a simple choice, right? It can be as long as you take time to understand a few things. Homes with a concrete subfloor should have their hardwoods glued down while a wooden subfloor allows for either option. The subfloor prep is especially critical for the glue down option. The glue down method means that the flooring is glued directly to your subfloor. The nail down method means that the flooring planks are nailed to your wood subfloor. While both of these methods get the job done, you need to read up on the details behind each option before you proceed. Let’s discuss the pros and cons before you install.


Nailing down your hardwood floors has a few pros including its considered the most cost effective method as well the fastest. One other pro of nailing down hardwood floors is that if one floorboard gets damaged, it can be easily replaced without affecting the beauty of your floors.  One con to nailing down hardwoods is that due to seasonal expansion, nails can loosen over time and results in squeakiness. Other cons include it requiring extra tools like the right type of nail gun,  jamb saw and router. Panel Town & Floors carries an excellent nailer option as well as a cleat nailer to assist you should you decide on this method.


Gluing down your hardwood floor includes pros like giving your floors a solid feel and sound as well as being least likely to have deflection between flooring and subflooring. One added bonus to this is you should not hear squeaking. Another pro to the glue down option is that it is known as the most permanent method of installation. A few cons to the gluing process include possible extra subfloor prep and increased labor costs. You will want to make sure to purchase a high quality flooring adhesive. Visit our online store to view our trowel and adhesive items to help assist you if this is your method of choice. As you have learned, there are several factors to determine before deciding whether to nail your hardwood floors or glue your hardwood floors. A key thing to remember for whichever method you choose is to be sure your subfloor is flat, level and dry. Then access your subfloor type and your budget, and install with patience and precision. Each of these methods will give you a different end result in the look, sound and feel of your floor. Whether you choose to nail down your hardwood floors or glue them down, we hope you love the end result!

Article contributed by Kimberly Fairfax McPheron, Local Columbus Blogger