Hardwood Flooring Nailer:
Floor Nailers that make Installation a
A hardwood flooring nailer really does make the installation
of a wood floor do-able for the average home renovator. With the right
power nailer, floor installation is faster, tighter and more secure.
The flooring nailer provides the following benefits:
the flooring cleat in the floor nailer and thus the floor, at
the right angle so that it seats itself correctly in the tongue
of the hardwood flooring. Most hardwood flooring, on the tongue
side is designed with a small notch just above the tongue. Look
at it closely and you'll see what I mean. It is designed so
that the head of the flooring nails seat themselves in this
notch... that allows abutting planks of hardwood flooring to
seat tightly against each other, without the nail interfering.
impact of the floor nail guns, either the manual nailer or the
pneumatic floor nailer, is designed in such a way to not only
drive the cleat into the wood and the subfloor below, but also
to drive one plank of hardwood flooring tightly against its
neighbour. With a well made hardwood floor, ie. straight boards,
and accurate tongue and groove, this side impact of your floor
nailer will eliminate the need to use a crow bar to flush fit
individual boards in most cases.
- A wood flooring nailer also drives the
cleats, into the floor at a speed and direction that "most of the
time" prevents tongue damage. I have had customers that
have attempted to pre-drill and hand nail an entire room of
hardwood flooring. Not only did it take them a long time, but
quite often they have come back with horror stories on how many
boards that had to removed because the hammer, either split
the tongue or hit the good face of the floor. Nail guns do eliminate
most of this damage.
- Nail guns also allow you to use a special type of cleat or
floor nails, are typically dipped in a type of resin that
strengthens the holding power of the nail to stay tight into
the sub floor. This helps to prevent squeaking, caused by ineffective
nailing between the hardwood floor and the subfloor.
There are two different types of floor nailers:
- Manual Nailers... the nail is entirely driven into the wood
with bruit force. Some old timers believe this is necessary
to make sure every board connects tightly with its partner.
For the novice they require some practice.
Pneumatic Floor Nailer.. the nailer is attached to a compressor and
the air pressure plus you hitting the driver head, inserts the
nail. They do require less experience but are a little more
cumbersome as you must address dragging around a hose line.
Well I hope I have managed to convince you of all the advantages
of using a proper hardwood flooring nailer. I know that around
my area the costs to rent is approximately $30-40 /day. It is
well worth the money. It provides you with peace of mind that
your floor will be nailed securely and gets you up off your knees
Happy woodworking... K
Installing Hardwood Flooring