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Solid Hardwood Floors


Nail-down installation on a plywood sub-floor:

Solid hardwood floors are usually ¾” thick, varying in width and length. This type of floors is typically nailed down atop a 5/8” thick plywood sub-floor. Beneath the plywood, a moisture vapor barrier is installed consisting of plastic sheeting and mastic sealant, all fastened to the concrete slab using ¼” spikes. The hardwood flooring gets nailed into the tongue of the board, concealing the nails. The total floor thickness using this application is 1 ½” up from the concrete slab. The benefits of a nail–down installation include:


  • Tighter fit for a sleek, modern look
  • More impact absorption; easier on the joints when walked on
  • Superior moisture vapor barrier from below
  • Easy to match for future repairs and additions
  • No open gaps between boards, the finish will “seal” the floor


  • More expensive than a glue–down installation
  • Takes more time to install

Glue-down installation directly to the slab:

Solid hardwood floors can also be glued down direct to your concrete slab. Adhesive manufacturers like “Bostik”, which Mission Hardwood uses exclusively, offer lifetime warranties on moisture vapor protection from your slab, as well as a lifetime warranty on proper adhesion. Straps and wall jacks tighten the fit and are removed the next day once the adhesive has dried.


  • Less expensive than a plywood sub-floor installation
  • Shorter installation time
  • Lifetime warranty through manufacturers against moisture and adherence failure
  • Ideal for remodels; keeps the floor at ¾” thickness, making it easier to transition to a different flooring surface
  • Easy to match for future repairs and additions
  • No open gaps between boards since the finish will “seal” the floor


  • Cannot walk on newly-installed floor until the adhesive dries, typically 12 hrs.

Engineered Hardwood Floors


It is uncommon to install an engineered wood floor over a plywood sub-floor because engineered hardwood floors already have a plywood core designed for stability. This allows them to be glued down directly to the concrete slab, which represents the most common installation practice for this type of a floor.

When there is a plywood sub-floor in place, the engineered hardwood floor can be nailed down or glued down as well.


  • Time. It takes half the time to arrive at a finished product in comparison to a solid, unfinished installation.
  • Thickness. Some engineered wood floors can be as thin as 3/8” and can go up to as thick as ¾”. This allows for flush transitions to another flooring in the home when remodeling.
  • Price. Engineered wood floors can cost as little as half of what a solid wood floor may cost.


    • Color and finish selection is limited to what is produced by a manufacturer
    • Colors are discontinued every few years due to trend changes, making it difficult to add more flooring in the future or make matching hardwood floor repairs
    • Most often, the floor cannot be refinished. Once worn down to bare wood, the floor must be replaced.
    • Edges are beveled on most pre-finished hardwood floors due to a very slight unevenness.

Specific attention is required when installing engineered hardwood floors in our dry climate. The potential of failure with engineered wood floors is greater than with a solid wood floor. Manufacturers require keeping the relative humidity in your residence between 35% and 55% in order to uphold their structural warranty.


Solid wood floor, Nailed down on plywood


Contemporary, solid oak floor glued down to slab


Solid floors are usually finished on site


Solid hardwood floors are highly customizable

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