Durability of nail fixed vs. glue fixed wood flooring

Is there a difference in durability between nail fixed and glue fixed wood flooring? If so, why? Thanks for your time.

Asked by Sarath on 17th Nov 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"As long as there is a quality glue used there isn't much difference in my experience. However in my experience nils fixed can be squeaky. Hope this helps 😊"
Answered on 17th Nov 2022 - Member since Oct 2017 - report
"If you have a concrete subfloor, then you should glue your hardwood down, if you have a wooden subfloor then you can choose either method of installation. However, if you are planning on fitting your hardwood floor to joists, then you will need to secret nail them into place

Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"I would say glue would give you a better fix. Nails are capable of loosening. They are also capable of causing squeaks and movement if they ever do loosen.
Whereas with glue, you get a better all round fix, a “bed” for the planks to lay on, and no real way of the wood becoming loosened from the glue once it’s stuck. Therefore remaining more rigid over time.

Of course, glue can only be used on concrete or chipboard, not floorboards.

Answered on 17th Nov 2022 - Member since Sep 2016 - report
"sure it's the difference
nails lasts a life .and glue is good I can not say no but not as much as it is nail"
Answered on 18th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"No difference just what ever is the best option for subfloor"
Answered on 17th Nov 2022 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Hello.There are floors that need nails and glue. And there is where only glue is enough, in both cases they will serve for a long time."
Answered on 17th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Hi there, it all depends on the subfloor and how level it is. In terms of durability nail down you know it’s 100% fixed to the subfloor (if it’s wood) when it’s glued down it all depends on what type of wood floor it is and like I said depends on the subfloor.
Hope this helps"
Answered on 17th Nov 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"Nailing down wood floors causes the squeeking noise you sometimes hear.
Gluing onto the flat subfloor is more robust and feels sturdier underfoot. Glue down is a more permanent fixing method though, so there are pros and cons.
Hope this helped a little."
Answered on 18th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"this all depends on sub floor if it is a concrete floor glue if wood subloor nails"
Answered on 18th Nov 2022 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
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