Installation guides & tips

Float. Staple. Glue. DIY. No acclimation. Our versatile floors are wonderfully easy to work with no matter the application.

Great floors, even better install options

Tongue & groove

The industry standard for decades. These floors are easy to install in a multitude of applications.

Locking system

Our product's locking system guarantees that your flooring will stay in place for years to come. Each board is placed into the previous at a 20-30° angle, then pushed down into its final position.

One-of-a-kind locking system

Our product's locking system guarantees that your flooring will stay in place for years to come. Each board is placed into the previous at a 20-30° angle, then pushed down into its final position.

How our locking pins work

5S sliding locking pin

Our products include board-end locking pins to ensure they never move up and down or side to side. Once your board has been installed, you can use a locking tool or tapping block to slide the pin into place.

Compression locking pin

Some of our products come with a compression locking pin system. Once your board is lined up, simply push down on the board to lock into place. You will hear a "click" sound as the pin compresses into the board and snaps back out, locking them together.

Installation methods

Float

Often used in simpler installations that require few transitions, this is the ultimate Scandi way to install our innovative locking floors. You can float on any level of your home, including basements.

You will need:
  • Tapping Block
  • 5S Locking Pin Tool (depending on the floor)
  • Nature All-in-One Underlayment
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Staple/Nail

Preferred by most contractors, stapling or nailing is ideal for creating seamless transitions throughout your home. Our locking floors can be stapled using an 18-guage gun with 1/4" crown staples. Our tongue & groove floors can be nailed using a traditional angled nailer. Easy peasy.

You will need:
  • 18 gauge staple gun (locking floors)
  • 1.25-1.5" x 1/4" crown staples (locking floors)
  • Angled nailer (tongue & groove floors)
  • Tapping block
  • 5S Locking Pin Tool (depending on the floor)
  • Nature All-in-One Underlayment is recommended
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Glue

Bring your artistic vision to life by gluing down your floors. We recommend low or no-VOC glues like Bona R851 and Bostik Greenforce.

You will need:
  • Tapping block
  • 5S Locking Pin Tool (depending on the floor)
  • Bona R851 or Bostik Greenforce recommended
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Quick Tips

First, calculate how many boards you need for the room’s width. If the width of the last row measures less than 3", rip the boards to be used in the first row in half.

Open a few packs and mix up the boards to get a good color distribution. Check the boards for any defects.

When installing, tap boards on the middle core, never the wear layer.

Make sure there are end joints in each row. Ensure that there is a 20" (5/8" & 1/2" products) or 12" (1/4" products) stagger of the end joints in adjacent rows.

Trim the final board to the right length and start the next row with cut-off piece.

Installing in bathrooms - Stuga floors are great for half baths, but beware of voiding your warranty when installing in full-baths.

Our preferred installers

Renovation is complicated, let our preferred installers handle your floor or stair solution install. We are constantly searching and updating our list of installers around the US.

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