How to Buy Wood Flooring

Here are your options in wood floor materials, plus costs and skills needed.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber mallet
  • Table saw

You may require specialized tools depending on your installation technique. Specialized clamps are required to hold floating floors in place until the glue dries. You may have to rent a flooring nailer and a sander to install both solid and laminate wood floors.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Laminate or wood flooring
  • edge-type glue for floating floors
  • adhesive for glue-down laminate installation