UNDERSTANDING WOODEN FLOORS

A wooden floor brings that incredible elegance and instant style to any home. It is not a cheap purchase, but a well worth investment in your property. At Timbered you will find a wide range available to suit any budget. The quality of our floorings, along with the impressive lifespan justifies its worth. It will not only add value to your property but will look amazing in years to come.

There are a few things you should know and think before you buy and lay your wood flooring, and that is what we intend to do in this condensed-resumed document. Timbered will help you define the best solution whatever your flooring desires, by our well-trained team, true professionals with many years of experience in wood flooring.

What is the difference between solid and engineered wood flooring?

Solid wood floor boards are made of 100% wood cut from single pieces of timber.  Due to the nature of solid wood, these floors could become damaged by moisture from above and below. A hot room could make them dry out and shrink, whereas a cold room could cause them to absorb moisture and expand. This means solid wood floors are not recommended to be laid in conservatories, basements, bathrooms and rooms with underfloor heating. Solid wood floors can be sanded down and refinished many times. This means they can last a lifetime.

Engineered floors are made from several layers of wood pressed together. The top layer is always a veneer of solid wood – exactly like regular solid wood flooring. However, under this top layer is the core which can be made from a hardwood plywood or a softwood plywood (which varies in thickness from 2mm-6mm). The layers are bonded together in different directions with extreme pressure and glue, reinforcing the wood and adding extra stability. You can lay engineered flooring in rooms where solid wood flooring could be damaged, such as conservatories, basements, kitchens, bathrooms and rooms with underfloor heating. Can be installed as a floating floor, meaning the floor isn’t stuck to the subfloor. Also, most engineered floors can be sanded down and refinished the same amount of times as a solid floor board.

Once  you have made your floor choice, there are a few things you should know and think before you lay your wood floor.

Preparing your subfloor: when we use the term ‘subfloor’ we are talking about the floor base that you will be covering with your wood flooring. A wood floor should only be laid over moisture sealed floors. This could be concrete, wood floor boards or even ceramic tile. Preparing and making sure your subfloor is in the correct state before you begin to lay your wood floor is extremely important to avoid issues and problems in the future.

Sub-floor  must be smooth & level. The sub-floor must be stable and in good working condition without any damage. If you need to carry out further preparation before you fit your wood floor, Timbered will discuss this in detail with you before the fitting options.

The next thing is to look at the room environment; if you are renovating or redecorating the whole room to create a completely new look, it’s important that before you receive the delivery of your floor, to ensure that any work has been completed and tested in advanced. It is also important that wood flooring is delivered and kept in a fully enclosed structure with doors and windows in place to ensure the outside environment does not affect the wood. When your wood flooring arrives you will need to open up all the boxes and let your wood acclimatise to the area/room they will be fitted for at least 72 hours before it is due to be fitted. The room temperature should be kept between 15ºc and 25ºc, to allow the wood to settle.

Once this process has been been completed, it is now time to lay your floor. But how are you going to lay it?

Installations methods for laying your wooden floor.

Overall, there are a few options on how to lay your wood floor, these include secret nailing, gluing or even having a floating floor. However, the sub-floor you are laying your wood on and the type of wood you have chosen (engineered or solid wood) have a huge impact on what options are suitable for you.

First, What type of wood flooring are you going to be fitting?

Solid wood: If you are laying your wood floor over a concrete subfloor, you must have a DPM barrier, a Damp Proof Membrane, between the concrete and the wood floor to prevent any moisture in the subfloor being soaked up by the wood flooring.

If you are laying your solid wood floor over hardwood subfloor, you have two options;

  • Secret nail with underlay
  • Wood to wood glue

Now, with Engineered Wood Floor, depending in which subfloor you have, there are different options:

Engineered wood floor over concrete subfloor, you can glued with DPM, or installed as a floating floor with underlay DPM inbuilt. Also as a floating floor with DPM, in liquid pattern format and underlay.

If you are fitting Engineered wood floor over hardwood subfloor, you can secret nail with underlay, or as a floating floor with underlay, or by wood to wood glue.

All these steps and techniques will be well explain and discuss with you by our Timbered professionals, in a straightforward simple way that will help you to choose the right floors for the bespoken beautiful rooms you are intending to create.

Timbered bespoke floors are made to order and hand finished. All products are created by our Specialist Team in our own workshop in Tunbridge Wells using high quality European Engineered Oak Flooring. Every Floor we create is different, having it’s own unique look, colour and finish. 100% FSC Certified Wood!