Wood Flooring Fitting Guide

Guide To Wood Flooring

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WOOD FLOOR
There are two types of wood flooring to consider when choosing a wood floor.
Engineered wood flooring & solid wood flooring. Generally it will depend on the type of room you want your wood flooring in.The first thing you would need to consider is the SUBFLOOR(existing floor). The subfloor is very important,
it needs to be flat,dry,and suitable to lay wood flooring on. TIMBER SUBFLOORS must be flat, secure and free from any rot or woodworm.The existing joists must be level and also free from rot and woodworm. If you find your TIMBER SUBFLOOR is uneven and you would like the wood flooring to run in the same direction as the existing timber floor you must ply out the area first, you could either lay the wood flooring as a floating floor using underlay or if the flooring is suitable you could lay it directly onto the ply and secure using glue, nails or both.
If you do not want to ply out the subfloor you must lay the wood flooring at a 90 degree angle to the existing timber sub floor.
timber subfloor
If you have a CONCRETE subfloor the floor needs to be flat and dry, moisture levels must be checked using a moisture meter and there must be a damp proof membrain. If you find you need a damp proof membrane, this can be done using a DPM sheeting or DPM epoxy resin which you would spread over the floor to seal it. Its a good idea to test ALL subfloors concrete and timber especially on the ground floor. If your CONCRETE/ASPHALT floor is uneven for what ever reason you could level it by using a self levelling compound or a screed. You could then lay the wood flooring as a floating floor using underlay or glue directly to the subfloor if you wish.  

moister meter

DOES THE ROOM HAVE UNDERFLOOR HEATING?
If the room has underfloor heating or you are considering having underfloor heating, it is recommended to use ENGINEERED WOODEN FLOORING, it is more stable to constant changes in temperature.

 

IS THE ROOM A BATHROOM OR A KITCHEN?
You can put wood flooring in kitchens and bathrooms. For kitchens we would recommend an unfinished floor which can be sealed once its laid, the reason for this is that by sealing the floor the joints will be better protected from spills & splashes. If the kitchen is used alot or has poor ventilation then its recommended to use an ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING.
For bathrooms its recommended to use unfinished ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING due to the high levels of humidity in a bathroom, the wood flooring can then be sealed to protect from spills & splashes. Another thing to consider when thinking of putting wood flooring in your bathroom, is the ages of your children, young children love nothing better than to turn your lovely wood floor into a lake complete with rubber ducks! So in this case we would not recommend putting wood flooring in your bathroom. The life of wood flooring in a bathroom is not as good due to the moisture, Bamboo flooring is better suited to a bathroom as Bamboo flooring does not expand or contract with moisture.
 wood floor in bathroom

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