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How to Install a Hardwood Floor

Congratulations and thank you for choosing Olde Wood Limited® for your new hardwood floor!

Installation and finishing your new floor may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Our reclaimed wood flooring and traditional wide plank flooring installs the same way that other hardwood flooring do and you don't have to be a professional to do it yourself as long as you follow some industry-standard guidelines.

We're experts in manufacturing wide plank flooring and reclaimed lumber products. But when it comes to the variables and methods of hardwood flooring installation, we like to refer to the official Wood Flooring Installation Guidelines and Methods created by the experts at the National Hardwood Flooring Association (NWFA). These guidelines should get you started in the right direction, however, if you're unsure about any of the terms, methods or guidelines below, it's best to contact a professional to assist you in the process.

We support the NWFA's Certified Professional Program created to recognize and promote competence of wood flooring professionals throughout the industry. Use this link to find a certified flooring installer, sand & finisher in your area.

Download a PDF document of the Official NWFA Wood Floor Installation Guidelines below.

The information below comes directly from the NWFA and are recommendations only.

Wood Flooring Installation Recommendations:

NWFA Wood Flooring Installation Guideline PDFs:


  • Appx A - Safety Guidelines
  • Appx D - Moisture Content by Area – U.S
  • Appx E - Moisture Content by Area – Canada
  • Appx F - Fastener Schedule
  • Appx G - Trammel Point Method
  • Appx H - Radiant Heat Installations
  • Appx I - Installation Over Screeds
  • Appx J - Sound Control
  • Appx K - Trim & Thresholds
  • Appx L - Sample Specification
  • Appx M - Jobsite Checklist