It is important that you lay and treat your flooring in a way that will give you a practical, problem free and beautiful floor that is going to last you a lifetime.
Finishing your floor
Despite the fact some our engineered wood floors come pre treated we recommend that an additional treatment of of a quality hard wax oil should be applied if you are after the very best of finishes. Although pre treated floors are convenient, the oil that is factory applied does not give the same high levels of protection that a product such as Treatex has to offer. Treatex Hardwax Oil not only enhances the appearance of your floor but also thoroughly protects it from stains, accidents and general wear and tear. This product is suitable for the treatment of any internal wood surfaces such as doors, worktops, furniture etc and is particularly effective for flooring due to to it being so hard wearing, easy to maintain and simple to apply.
More information on Treatex Hardwax Oil can be found here.
Fitting your floor
There a number of different methods which can be used to lay our flooring and every project is a little different. Because of this its hard for us to cover every aspect of fitting a wooden floor, however we have briefly detailed below some of the most common and recognised methods. Please do remember that we are a long established, friendly, family business that is always happy to help and advise. If you prefer, just pick up the phone and give us a call.
It is recommended that when fitting hardwood flooring, an expansion gap is left around the perimeter of the room. This is the case with both solid and engineered wooden floor boards. Most of the time the expansion gap will be hidden beneath a skirting board or beading so it is recommended that a 15mm expansion is left. There are some circumstances where it would be preferable to have less of a gap than 15mm, but we recommended consulting with us first. It is recommended that when the boards are spanning a width of over 7.5 mtrs additional expansion is provided. In some cases this may not be necessary so please consult with us beforehand
Secret nailing your flooring can often be the most straight forward installation method when your floor is to be laid onto a wood sub floor, battens or joists. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term 'secret nailing' it is when a serrated nail is driven on a 45 degree angle through the tongue of the board using a secret nail gun (commonly known as a Porta-Nailer). Not only will this securely hold the boards tight up against one another and in place, it will also not be visible once the job is complete. When your new flooring is to be laid onto a wooden sub-floor it's your choice as to which direction you feel the boards are going to look the best running. However, when you new flooring is to be laid onto an existing wooden floor it is good working practise to run your new boards in the opposite direction to the existing floor. Secretly nailing is also a very effective method of installation if your boards are to be laid directly over floor joists. If you purchase a flooring that's strong enough span joists the boards can quite simply be nailed down to each joist providing the joists are no firther than 400mm centres from one another.
Despite not being the quickest, the use of flexible adhesives to glue wood flooring down is still a popular method of installation. This can be used when laying onto a wooden sub floor or, more commonly, a concrete screed. A floor that has been glued can feel as solid as any other as well as react more favourably to movement thanks to the flexibility of the adhesives. The adhesives or bonding agents that can be used to glue wooden floors down usually come with a guide as to how to use the product so do read any instructions that are provided. Although glueing wooden floors is still a popular method of installation, some now consider it to be 'old hat'. Glueing a wooden flooring down can be a messy and time consuming job and is not usually considered the job for the DIYer. Nowadays many are choosing high quality underlays rather than adhesives due to that fact that they are so much quicker, can be equally as effective and much more convenient and pleasant to work with. More information on this can be read below.
Floating your floor by using an underlay is considered the easiest method in which to fit your flooring. There are many underlays available but from experience we have found Elastilon to be one of the best on the market. The best way to see for yourself how Elastilon works is to watch the Elastilon Demonstration Video. This can be found on our Elastilon web page. As you will see from this video, Elastilon is a very simply and very effective product that can save a huge amount of time.
Images can help you to visualise how your flooring will look, why not visit our pinterest page where you can see a range of boards that show different aspects of our wood flooring as well as finishes. These include boards for both engineered oak floorboards and engineered walnut floorboards.