Hardwood Flooring Installation

Follow these tips for a beautiful, stress-free hardwood floor installation — whether you hire a Pro or DIY.

It's important to keep installation top of mind, no matter what stage you are in your floor buying journey. Knowing what to consider before, during and after will simplify your buying decision and ensure your hardwood is installed correctly for maximum beauty, performance and durability. 

Before You Buy

Know your installation options.

With hardwood, the type of installation method will depend on what product you choose. See the "Installation" section on the product page for details. Solid hardwood requires staple, nails or glue. Many engineered wood products can be floated (which is more DIY friendly), or installed with staples or glue.

Consider hardwood floor installation challenges.

Are you planning to install in a basement or over concrete slab or radiant heat? Choose an engineered wood product instead of solid. Neither type of hardwood should ever be installed in a bathroom or laundry room. Refer to product instructions for guidance.

Create an accurate budget.

Don't forget to account for things like removal and disposal of your old floor, subfloor repairs, additional tools and materials, and even the cost of moving furniture when budgeting for your project.

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Decide whether to DIY or bring in a Professional.

Even for experienced DIY enthusiasts, installing hardwood floors with staples, nails or glue can be challenging. We highly recommend hiring an experienced installer. For DIY wood flooring installation, engineered products with our Lock&Fold® Technology are the fastest and easiest to install yourself — planks connect only to each other, so they "float" above the subfloor.


Hiring a Pro? Find the best one for the job.

Ask your retailer to connect you to a local Armstrong Flooring Certified Installer. These contractors are exclusively trained to install our products, so you can rest assured that your new floor will not only look great, but will be installed correctly with guaranteed results.



Read the installation instructions.

Carefully review the detailed instructions for your flooring to learn what you'll need and what to expect. Do this well in advance.

Prepare the room.

Clear out furniture. Remove and dispose of old flooring if necessary. Gently remove any wall base, millwork or trim that you'd like to reuse.

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Prepare the subfloor.

Be sure the floor you're laying over is dry, clean and flat. If repairs are needed, make those before starting the installation.

Gather additional materials and tools.

Your list could include coordinated trims and moldings, underlayment, adhesives, nails, staples, an air compressor and other tools. Check your installation instructions for specifics.

Acclimate flooring according to instructions.

This crucial step gives the hardwood time to adjust to the environment of the room where it will be installed. We recommend acclimating all solid hardwood, but it isn't necessary for engineered wood.

During Installation

Depending on the type of hardwood floor you’ve chosen, installation instructions will vary. Read every step of the ones provided with your product.

They outline important details that might not be obvious, except to an experienced professional, including: subfloor and underlayment requirements, how to prepare doorways and walls, and establishing a starting point.

If you or your professional installer has questions before or during installation, contact our Customer Service team.

After Installation

Once your new floors are in place, clear tools and materials from the area, remove tape, and wipe off remaining glue with a clean, damp cloth. Then clean the floor with the recommended cleaner for hardwood floors.