Solid Wood Flooring - Installation Guide
Solid wood flooring is the perfect option when you are looking for timeless style and durability. If you have chosen a solid wood flooring for your home, read on to learn how to successfully install it – from preparation to aftercare.
- As solid wood flooring is a natural product, it will need to acclimatise to the temperature and humidity of your home before it is installed.
- Solid wood should be left in its packaging to acclimatise as this helps the boards to keep their natural shape.
- The time the flooring needs to acclimatise will vary depending on the species of wood, so check with your supplier if you are unsure.
- Finally, prepare your subfloor by ensuring it is clean and dry.
- Once you have allowed your flooring to acclimatise and prepared your subfloor, you can start to lay your solid wood flooring.
- To begin, position plastic spacers along the longest wall, then fix the first row of boards.
- Your boards may have a tongue and groove system – if this is the case, start from a corner and ensure the groove of the board is facing the wall. The second board will be laid end-to-end with the first.
- Measure the space left between the first board and the opposite wall, and cut the second board to size.
- Be sure to allow at least 10mm for expansion around the perimeter of the room.
- Continue across the room, ensuring that seams between boards are staggered and do not line up. Finally, re-attach your skirting boards.
- You can also fit your floor using a secret nailing or glue-down method. Secret nailing is a method used when laying your flooring straight onto a wooden sub floor or joists. It is named ‘secret nailing’ as the boards are secured by nailing at a 45-degree angle through the tongue of the board – meaning that the nails cannot be seen once the flooring is finished.
- Glue-down is also a popular method of installation and is usually used when laying wooden flooring over a concrete subfloor. Adhesives have a flexible quality which works well with the natural swell and movement of wooden flooring.
- For glue or nail installation where the boards exceed 8m, an extra expansion should be left between the rows.
- To keep your new floor looking spick and span, remove loose dirt and dust from the floor by sweeping or vacuuming, and wipe over with a damp mop to keep clean.
- You can also maintain your solid wood floor by applying a treatment such as wood floor wax or oil.
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