If you are installing solid timber, these boards will also be nailed down as well as glued to restrain the floor from cupping. If you are choosing an engineered floor you won’t have to nail the boards as engineered flooring doesn’t move like a solid timber flooring.
Why choose to direct stick a timber floor?
If you are purchasing a floor which is going to be a permanent, long term feature of your home or office then you should choose to direct stick your floor.
The timber flooring installation process of direct stick is a craft and needs to be done by a highly skilled professional. The fact that these floors are stuck down with very strong glue means there isn’t much room for error and it’s much harder to fix and replace boards which are laid incorrectly.
The benefit of direct sticking your floor is you can sand and polish the surface multiple times. From our experience a solid timber floor will typically be re-sanded every 10 to 15 years to preserve it’s look and feel.