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How to Install Solid Wood Flooring

How to Install Solid Wood Flooring

The installation method used when installing a solid wood floor is decided by the subfloor used. If a concrete subfloor is being used then gluing would be the recommended method, however if the concrete is uneven then chipboard or plywood should be applied on top. A DPM (damp proof membrane) may also need to be laid; this is designed to prevent moisture rising through the product. The option of nailing a solid wood floor is suitable for installing a solid wood floor to plywood, joists or battens.

Whichever method you choose, it's recommended that you use a threshold or suitable material for further expansion gaps if you are laying the floor over 7.5 linear meters. Without doing this, you run the risk of the flooring buckling as it doesn't have enough room to expand.

Gluing solid wood floor

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1)   Acclimatise flooring, which may take around a week.

2)   Start by dry laying the first boards by starting at the longest wall in which the tongues of the first couple of rows should face the wall leaving an expansion gap of around 10mm.

3)   Pull up the first couple of rows and apply the adhesive evenly to the subfloor. Lay the flooring on to the adhesive ensuring spacers are used creating an expansion gap of 10mm.

4)   It is recommended that all floor is pre-measured and to only lay a couple at a time, working from the longest wall to the other side of the room.

5)   Once all floor is laid, remove all spacers and fit threshold strips around the perimeter of the floor to cover the expansion gaps.

 

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Nailing solid wood floor

1)   Acclimatise flooring, which may take around a week.

2)   Start by laying the flooring at the longest wall leaving an expansion gap of around 10mm.

3)   Insert fixings ensuring that the joints at each end of the board are around 100mm apart

4)   Remove all spacers and fit threshold strips around the perimeter of the floor to cover the expansion gaps.

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