Fitting an Engineered or Solid Wood Floor.
Timber is a natural living product, so it is important to take care about how you treat and lay your floors to give a long lasting, problem free and pleasing appearance at the end of the day. We are here to help with free advice on how to fit your floor but if in doubt use a professional with flooring experience.
- Oak floors can be fitted to, or over, an existing timber floor but if possible the boards should be laid in the opposite direction to the existing floor.
- Most of our floors can be laid on joists with the end joints of the boards glued with a PVA adhesive. This will allow the joint to span the joists producing very little waste. Remember also to make sure that you stagger your joints on the next row of boards you lay. Joists must be at no more than 400mm centres apart.
- Always make sure that on any floor there is no risk of damp entering the underside of the boards. Timber will absorb moisture and can cause your boards to cup or swell.
- Preferably a 12-15mm gap should be allowed around the perimeter of your room to allow for movement of your timber floor. A skirting will cover this gap.
- Plywood sub floors can be fitted onto concrete screeded floors to give a good base for your oak floor to be installed upon.
Alternatively ELASTILON can be used to fit our walnut or oak flooring onto solid floors. ELASTILON is supplied in 1.00 mtr wide rolls and is simply rolled out onto your solid floor and your oak flooring is then laid on top. This saves on the use of adhesives and it is up to 70% quicker to lay your floor and has extremely good sound proofing properties. We can supply ELASTILON to go with your flooring order. View the ELASTILON installation demonstration video
With all solid floors that you are about to lay your flooring onto, ALWAYS make sure your solid floors are completely dry with a moisture below 5%.
Please seek professional advice if you are not sure about the moisture content of your solid floor
- A porta nailer is a useful tool that can be hired from most tool hire centres for secretly nailing your floor through the tongue. With this tool no fixings will then show and the boards will be kept tightly formed together as you lay your floor.
- Your floor will arrive boxed and protected from moisture while in its box. Our floors do not need acclimatising.
Some of our oak flooring is prefinished with a natural oil but we would highly recommend that for an extremely long lasting natural finish, a further one or two coats of TREATEX hardwax oil should be used. We have been supplying TREATEX hardwax oil for this additional long lasting finish for our oiled floors for many years. TREATEX now has become very popular for a low maintenance superb natural finish. This product is now extensively used on industrial and private properties alike. The feedback from customers that we have supplied has been nothing but positive.
Every job is slightly different and there are many methods in which to lay your flooring. Being a family firm that has been in the business for many years we do as much advisory work as we do sales. So please, if you have any questions, feel free to give us call or drop us an email. We would be happy to help.