Solid wood floors, just like ceramics are recognised as a high quality building material. They are long lasting and completely renewable with very little effort. Aside from these benefits solid wood floors are fashionable, minimalist and above all, desirable which means that they increase the value of your home.
If you are laying the solid wood flooring over a concrete subfloor then you will need to check the latter’s moisture levels beforehand. It should be less than 4%. If it is not then use a barrier to help prevent moisture affecting the solid wood.
Yes a wooden floor in a kitchen is just fine! You can use both solid and engineered.
We do not recommend hardwood flooring of any type in a bathroom.
Engineered floors don’t need to acclimatise and in fact once a pack is opened the floor must be fitted. A solid floor will need a minimum of two weeks to acclimatise.
Yes you can have wooden floors in your flat, but remember to use an approved acoustic underlay.
New hardwood floors need very little looking after. Regular sweeping and / or vacuuming will keep the floor free of surface dirt. Good mats inside and outside all entrances will keep shoes free of grit and dirt. It is a combination of surface dirt and dirt on shoes that damages the lacquer on your new floor. A floor can be mopped using mild floor soap with a well rung out mop as required.
Yes and because of their stability, engineered floors are recommended.
Yes, engineered floors are best suited to conservatories because of their stability.
As with any other sub floor, joists or battens must be level to within plus or minus 3mm over a two–metre span. The distances between the joists or battens will determine the amount of fixings that can be used (you can only nail where there is a joist). Solid floors must be fixed every 250mm – 300mm and 20mm engineered floors every 400mm. Most houses in the UK have joists that are 16 inches or 400mm apart. If you are fixing a hardwood floor to battens on top of an existing concrete or screed subfloor, the concrete/screed must comply with the conditions laid above.
Glue downs are installed by trowel spreading of adhesive on the subfloor in a pre determined area. Usually professionals will measure out three feet or enough for twelve rows to cover, using a three inch wide board as an example. Each and every individual board is placed one at a time into the adhesive until the glued area is covered. Once completed, another area is marked and laid.
Timber is a hydroscopic material which means in layman terms that timber will shrink or expand to suit it surroundings. The movement isn’t linear but warping motion as it depends on the growth rings to how a board moves. To avoid extreme movement you need to lay DPM over the concrete, it is like a plastic sheet, on that would be a foam layer of 5mm minimum. This will help towards any damp problems.
With the right care and attention, a quality hardwood floor will last for hundreds of years.