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Adhesives for Hardwood Floors

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

Hardwood floors are a timeless addition to any home. They're elegant, classic, and easy to maintain—but only if they're installed correctly. One of the most important steps in installing hardwood floors is choosing the right adhesive for the right subfloor. After all, the adhesive is what will keep your floors in place for years to come.

There are a few things to consider when selecting the best adhesive for hardwood floors. The primary considerations are the types of hardwood, the subflooring, and the environment. With those factors in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best adhesives on the market.

Types of Hardwood Flooring

There are three types of hardwood flooring: solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and bamboo. Solid hardwood is just what it sounds like—a single piece of wood. Engineered hardwood is composed of multiple layers of plywood with a veneer of hardwood on top. Bamboo is a grass that is compressed into planks. Regardless of the type of hardwood, you want to make sure that the adhesive you select is compatible.

Subflooring Material

The subflooring is the layer between the finished floor and the subgrade (the ground). The most common types of subflooring are plywood, OSB (oriented strand board), and concrete. Again, you’ll want to make sure that the adhesive you select is compatible with your particular subflooring material.

Environmental Conditions

The final factor to consider is the environment. If the room where the hardwood will be installed is subject to high humidity or temperature swings, you’ll want to address that first before using an adhesive that cannot withstand those conditions without fail.

When selecting an adhesive for hardwood floors, there are three key factors to keep in mind: the type of hardwood, the subflooring material, and environmental conditions. With those factors in mind, you can choose from a variety of adhesives on the market that will provide a long-lasting hold for your flooring project.

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