Hardwood’s other version, engineered, offers a floating floor technique. Floating floors, a popular technique also of laminate and luxury vinyl, consists of pieces clicking together, similar to tongue and groove, forming a mat. The mat then hovers over an existing subfloor with no nails or adhesives needed. This is called “loose lay.”
Carpet has special tools. Tack strips are lined around the room’s perimeter with the rug in the middle. Then it is stretched over the strips where they are affixed. This is done either with a power stretcher or knee kicker. Tile is heavy and laborious and the layout needs to be precise. It requires special tools such as tile saw cutters.
You can’t see it, but it has a big impact on the look of your floor. You want the surface floor to be smooth and to fit tightly, but if the subfloor is damaged, the surface floor will be askew. Sometimes sanding is required to level it; otherwise, your surface floor can be crooked. In the case of solid hardwood, which is affected by water and moisture, the installer will take subfloor readings throughout the process. Water can travel up to the wood and cause warping, cupping, or crowning.
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