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Advice: Laying a floor

Helpful tips for laying our hardwood floors.

Fitting any solid hardwood flooring is more than a quick DIY job. If in doubt, employ a professional (having first obtained references).

  • Make sure all concrete, plaster and paint is dry before introducing the flooring to a room.
  • Ensure that there is no damp.
  • Acclimatise the flooring by stacking it in the room where it is to be fitted; leave it for two to four weeks before laying (four weeks in the winter). If the room is to have heating, make sure it is on, especially in the winter.
  • If you intend to use under floor heating, contact us first for advice.
  • Ensure that the boards are laid straight down the room. Walls are rarely straight.
  • Always leave a 10-15mm expansion gap all the way around the edge, including around fire surrounds etc.
  • Make sure that the base to which you are fixing the flooring is dry, flat and sound.
  • Secure the boards to the base by nailing or by using a recommended adhesive.
  • Specialist flooring nailers are available to hire from us.
  • If laying the boards on joists, the ends of the floorboards must be joined on the joist.
  • Randomly mix the board widths as you lay them.
  • Make sure that the three widths are used up evenly.
  • You may need to trim some ends to make them absolutely square.
  • Once laid, the floor will require sanding. Best results will be achieved by using a combination of belt sander, orbital sander and edge / corner sander.
  • Vacuum the floor to remove dust and then wipe the floor with a cloth dampened in white spirit.
  • Apply recommended floor seal with appropriate applicator in even strokes along the length of the boards.
  • Sit back and admire the beauty and quality of a solid hardwood floor.
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