What to Consider when Buying Flooring Staples
Hardwood flooring staples offer an alternative to using nails in fastening flooring boards. Flooring staples are usually shot using a pneumatic floor stapler. This device uses an air compressor to shoot the staples firmly in place. The mechanism effectively fastens the boards to the floor to provide a professional finish. Before purchasing floor staples, here are some points to consider.
How Many Staples to Buy
The number of floor staples needed in a flooring project depends on several factors. One important element to consider is the width of the flooring board and another is the total area of the floor to be covered. For example, a flooring project involves a 1000-square inch area and a 2-inch staple as a fastener; it would require about 8000 staples. Usually, 2-inch fasteners are sold at 5000 pieces a box. In the case provided as an example, it would require the purchase of 2 boxes of 2-inch staples.
Length and Width of the Floor Board
The length of the floorboard also plays a role in the number of staples required for a flooring project. Boards with shorter length and narrower width usually require more staples than those with longer lengths and wider widths. That is because the total perimeter of the latter is higher than the former considering the number of boards needed to fill a given working area.
Depth of the Floor Board
Flooring staples do offer superior holding strength as compared to nails. However, a staple has its own disadvantages especially when it comes to the thickness or depth of a flooring board, Subfloor boards, such as those made of oak wood, may not be easily penetrated by staples. In this case, nail fasteners would be a better choice. Nevertheless, if the flooring is relatively softer and thinner (e.g. 5/16-inch), flooring staples will give better holding strength.
Type of Wood to be Stapled
The type of wood to be stapled should be considered when buying staples. For hardwood such as Columbia and Mirage, it is best to used nails instead of staples. For Scandian and Khars, flooring staples would be the better option. For other types of hardwood, ask the wood supply provider for advice na more information. For OSB sheathing and plywood subflooring, staples can be used to provide better holding strength. OSB sheathing is relatively thinner and softer and would be fastened more firmly using staples.