My husband and I are having about 1000 square feet of new red oak engineered hardwood flooring installed in our home in a few weeks. The flooring is 3/8 x 3. According to the manufacturer and the store we bought it from, this floor can be installed either by gluing the tongue and groove or by using staples. We have hired a contractor to install it for us and he will install it whichever way we prefer. He has experience doing it both ways and said that he has no preference. However, he did mention to us that if we go with the glue install, we won't be able to walk on the floors for about 24 hours so that the glue can fully dry. This would be a huge inconvenience for us, especially since we have pets. He also said that glue can make it a lot more difficult if we ever need to replace any sections of flooring in the future. It seems to me that using staples would be much easier and probably even faster. However, we just want the best results and the most solid installation possible. Can anyone make any recommendations on gluing versus stapling and which way would be best?This message has been edited. Last edited by: jwathas,
I would only glue it if it were the only option, like over concrete. I removed some glued floor down in Mississippi after Katrina. It was not fun.
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Thanks for the advice! Yeah, I wasn't really liking the glue idea. It just seems like it would take longer to install that way and would definitely be messier. As soon as our contractor mentioned that it would be much harder to replace a certain section of flooring if it ever became damaged somehow if was glued together, that pretty much made me 100% against using the glue. It would also be nearly impossible for us to stay off the floor for 24 hours so the glue could dry, especially since we have dogs and cats. It looks like we're definitely going to go with staples.