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Technical Advice On Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is manufactured from a single piece of timber. It is the most authentic and natural wood flooring you can buy. They can be sanded down and re-finished numerous times which makes solid wood flooring a floor that is lasting and robust.

Installing Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring reacts to moisture by changing size and shape. During the winter months homes are heated, making the air dry. This causes wooden floorboards to contract and small gaps to appear between them. In the summer when humidity levels rise the planks expand and the gaps disappear. It is important to install solid wood flooring correctly, because if moisture levels are too high the floor starts to buckle.

When installing solid wood flooring you need to test moisture levels, prepare a subfloor and acclimatize your room. If you check moisture levels and find a content reading of more than 4%, you can either wait until the sub floor dries or use an appropriate moisture barrier to ensure that no damp rises up into your new floor.

Concrete slabs require a minimum of 60 days drying time before you can cover them with a wood floor. If you have a wooden subfloor you will need to lay a .5" plywood base over this before installation. A 10mm expansion gap needs to be left in doorways.

You can also install a solid wood floor over a concrete subfloor by floating it on an adhesive backed underlay. However, a nailed down installation is the most popular method of installing wood flooring, and can be performed on wooden or concrete subfloors with the use of battens.

Solid wood floors can be nailed into existing wooden subfloors but not into chipboard floors, as these are not strong enough to hold the nails. It is not advisable to lay .5" plywood down first. Alternatively you can nail down a floor over a concrete subfloor with the use of battens. A damp proof membrane sheet must first be laid over the concrete subfloor before the battens are laid out at intervals of 450mm.

Installation Types Of Wooden Flooring

There are few installation types of wooden flooring: floating installations, glue-down installations and nail-down installations. A floating installation is a DIY friendly method, and also the easiest and fastest. A glue-down installation requires the use of a bonding agent or adhesives. A nail-down installation is only advisable if you have a wooden subfloor.

If you want more advice about installing wooden flooring, Source Wood Floors can help you out. Their website is a great place to find information and tips about installing and finishing wooden floors.

For more information please visit www.sourcewoodfloors.co.uk

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