What's the best way to install your floors?
We try not to pick favorites. Floating is the easiest and least expensive installation method because the floor isn't attached to the subfloor so few additional tools and materials are needed. That being said, most of our Custom Home Builder clients either glue or staple because that's what they're used to. Since the planks are attached to the subfloor either via staples or glue, you can also screw into the floor to affix objects like railings, etc, as well as install flush up against fixed objects like beams and other flooring materials. When floating, it's essential to have a gap around the perimeter of the floor at all times so the floor can expand and contract. Floating also requires the subfloor to be very level, roughly 1/8" within an 8' radius. If not leveled properly when floated, the floor may flex up and down when walking on it.
Do I need Underlayment?
Yes, for full warranty coverage specifically against moisture possibly damaging your floor from below, our approved Underlayments are required. Our Floating Underlayment is approved for floating installation only while our Nature All-in-One Underlayment is approved for both floating or staple down installations.
Can your floors be stapled or glued down?
Yes, in addition to being floated, nearly all can be stapled and/or glued down. The only exception is Sunbather, which can only be floated or glued.
Do I need to acclimate the flooring?
No. Our material comes packaged in plastic at a specific moisture content so you can just open up the cartons and begin installing right away. If you wish to wait a few days or weeks to install after the flooring has arrived, simply leave the flooring in its package.
Can anyone install your floors?
Yes! You can DIY, hire a local flooring contractor or even have your GC handle installation without jeopardizing your warranty. If you're having a hard time finding installers, we recommend visiting the NWFA's website to find talented installers in your area.
Can your floors be installed over radiant heat?
Absolutely! Radiant heat is very common in Scandinavia and our floors have been lived on over radiant heat systems for years.
Can I install your floors in a bathroom?
Our floors work beautifully in half baths, but installing them in a full bathroom isn't recommended. Like nearly any wood floor, allowing heavy amounts of water from a shower or tub to sit on the floor for long periods of time can cause the planks to swell.
Can I install your floors in a basement?
Yes! Unlike other wood floors, ours perform wonderfully in a basement. Floating the floor over one of our underlayments ensures the floor is protected from moisture below and will perform incredibly for years to come. Our locking system makes floating installations incredibly easy.