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What Happens When You Install Hardwood Flooring Without Glue
One main advantage of gluing down hardwood flooring is the fact that this method applies to any type of subfloor. It's also considered the most stable installation method.
Gluing down your wood floors helps prevent excessive movement or shifting in response to changes in humidity levels, ensuring a more stable and durable flooring solution.
This stability comes from the adhesive's elasticity, which allows the floor to contract and expand naturally with seasonal changes while protecting your hardwood from moisture.
If you don't glue your hardwood floor, you can opt for engineered hardwood, which uses a "click-lock" system that allows planks to securely attach to each other without fasteners.
This floating installation method lets you install the flooring directly over the subfloor without glue, but is really only suitable for engineered hardwood floors.
You can also glue down engineered wood to make the floor feel more solid while reducing squeaking noises. If you’re using solid wood, it is best to glue down your flooring.
If you don't use glue, your other option is nailing, which is a bit simpler for DIY newbies. Unlike glue, you can place your furnishings back immediately after application.