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DIY Level

Beginner

No matter what flooring type you chose, we recommend you use a professional installer. Using a professional assures the installation will be done efficiently and correctly, start to finish, giving you the freedom to relax and enjoy your new floor.

DIY LEVEL

Advanced

No matter what flooring type you chose, we recommend you use a professional installer. Using a professional assures the installation will be done efficiently and correctly, start to finish, giving you the freedom to relax and enjoy your new floor.

DIY Level

Experienced

No matter what flooring type you chose, we recommend you use a professional installer. Using a professional assures the installation will be done efficiently and correctly, start to finish, giving you the freedom to relax and enjoy your new floor.

Where to Install Cards

WHERE CAN I INSTALL THIS FLOOR?

Any Room At or Above Ground Level

Any Room At or Above Ground Level
WHERE CAN I INSTALL THIS FLOOR?

Any Room At, Below or Above Ground Level

Any Room At, Below or Above Ground Level

Installation Method Cards

Glue Down

This involves using a strong adhesive to glue the boards to the subfloor, or to a moisture barrier installed directly on the subfloor.

Pros
  • Can install directly on top of a concrete slab.
  • Glue eliminates space between floor and subfloor, creating a solid, cohesive surface with no bounce or squeaks.
Cons
  • Subfloor must be completly dry and flat to ensure proper installation.
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Floating

Boards are glued together and float on top of the subfloor. An underlayment pad is rolled out over the subfloor and under the hardwood floor. The pad protects against moisture and improves sound transmission.

Pros
  • Can be installed over all types of subfloors.
  • Can be installed on any level of a home.
  • Easy clean up with warm water.
Cons
  • Some vertical movement when walking.
  • More expansion space than other installation methods.
  • No foot traffic for 8 hours.

Staple

Hardwood flooring is mechanically fastened to the wood subfloor using staples, cleats or nails. This is the most popular and economical installation method.

Pros
  • Can be walked on immediately after installation.
  • Easy clean up
  • Securely fastened to the subfloor.

 

Cons
  • Requires a wood subfloor system.
  • Requires the use of an air compressor and fastening tools.

Nail

Hardwood flooring is mechanically fastened to the wood subfloor using staples, cleats or nails. This is the most popular and economical installation method.

Pros
  • Can be walked on immediately after installation.
  • Easy clean up
  • Securely fastened to the subfloor.
Cons
  • Requires a wood subfloor system.
  • Requires the use of an air compressor and fastening tools.
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Lock & Fold

Boards simply lock and fold together. The hardwood floor floats on top of the subfloor, and an underlayment pad is rolled out over the subfloor and under the hardwood floor.

Pros
  • Fast installation method.
  • Can be installed over most subfloors and existing floors.
  • Cleanup is easy - just use a mop or broom.
Cons
  • Some vertical movement when walking.
  • More expansion space needed than other installation methods.

Angle Angle Lock

Involves fastening boards to each other (not the subfloor) with a built-in locking mechanism.

Pros
  • Laminate is easy to cut with a saw or shear.
  • The product can be installed in multiple rooms.
Cons
  • The angle/angle locking system requires the row to be on a slight angle until the row is completed.

Lock & Fold

Easy two-step locking installation system is good for the DIYer.

Pros
  • Installation is fast and easy. 
  • Quick clean up.
Cons
  • Requires expansion space.
  • Larger installations may require a transition strip.

Full Spread

An Armstrong Flooring installation system for residential vinyl flooring with the Armafelt backing. Armafelt Options provides the option of installing some residential Armafelt backed floors with adhesive under the entire area of the floor (full spread) or just around the perimeter (perimeter plus).

Pros
  • Can spread a 12” band of adhesive around the perimeter or outside edge of the underside of the floor. This option saves time and money.
Cons
  • Temperature recommendations are extremely important to the perimeter plus installation method.

Perimeter Plus

An Armstrong Flooring installation system for residential vinyl flooring with the Armafelt backing. Armafelt Options provides the option of installing some residential Armafelt backed floors with adhesive under the entire area of the floor (full spread) or just around the perimeter (perimeter plus).

Pros
  • Can spread a 12” band of adhesive around the perimeter or outside edge of the underside of the floor. This option saves time and money.
Cons
  • Temperature recommendations are extremely important to the perimeter plus installation method.

FasTak

Fastest, most forgiving LVT installation with releasable pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back of the plank or tile.

Pros
  • Installs quickly and easily with no mess.
  • To cut simply score with a utility knife and snap.
  • Position and re-position as needed.
  • Repairs are fast and easy.
Cons
  • Subfloor must be clean free of all debris and dust

Floating

Floor installation that floats above the subfloor utilizing either locking planks/tiles or an underlayment

Pros
  • Can be installed over most subfloors.
  • Subfloor remains as a base for future floor replacements.
Cons
  • Proper expansion space must be maintained throughout the installation.
  • In areas of direct sunlight it may be required to use adhesive to fasten the product to the subfloor.

Full Spread

This installation method involves covering the entire backing of the floor with adhesive.

Pros
  • Installed floor is fully adhered.
  • Cabinets can be installed on top of the floor.
Cons
  • Difficult to remove.
  • Removal may require the subfloor also be removed and replaced.

Integrilock

First 5G locking system. Simply engage the side lock, slide over and snap the end lock into place. The product can be floated over most subfloors.

Pros
  • Fast and easy installation without any modifications to the floor.
  • Can be installed over most subfloors.
Cons
  • Proper expansion space must be maintained throughout the installation.

Locking

Flooring floats on the subfloor using an angle/ angle locking system.

Pros
  • Strong locking system -  the product is locked on the side and the end joints.
  • Repairs are easy. Simply remove one plank and replace with a new one. 
Cons
  • In areas of direct sunlight it may be required to use adhesive to fasten the product to the subfloor

Modified Loose Lay

Tape is used to secure the flooring to the subfloor. No adhesive is required.

Pros
  • Can be installed over wood subfloors such as plywood and OSB, provided the OSB has a factory fully sanded face.
Cons
  • Only one seam allowed if installing over wood subfloor.
  • Cannot install cabinets on top of flooring

Self-Stick

Tiles have a peel-off backing that, once removed, uncovers adhesive on the tile’s underside.

Pros
  • Quick and easy installation.
  • Measure, remove release paper and place tile.
Cons
  • Subfloor must be clean and free of all debris and dust.
  • Cannot be installed on painted subfloors.
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