Wood and Laminate Flooring

SOLID WOOD AND LAMINATE FLOORS

Solid wood and laminate flooring can give a stunning look to any home when fitted correctly.

In principle only basic carpentry skills are required to fit, but it can be very time consuming and awkward around door thresholds and cupboards etc.

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INFORMATION WHEN BUYING WOOD OR LAMINATE

Buy the best quality product you can afford.
♦ Give special attention to matching edging trims and threshold bars.
♦ Read the manufacturers instructions for use.
 
Consider the sub floor as any undulations will need to be minimal for wood / laminate planks. 

Wood flooring is generally oak, available in different finishes. Solid oak planks are the cheaper option, but have limited fitting options and are not suitable for installation over under floor heating.

The fitting options available are as follows:

♦ Glued down over a pre-primed screed floor using a polymer adhesive.
♦ Secret nailed on top of an existing wooden floor in conjunction with a foam underlay.
♦ Replacing existing floorboards, secret nailed to joists with a building paper membrane.
♦ Secret nailed on top of an existing wooden floor in conjunction with a foam underlay.

The more popular engineered oak boards are pre-fixed onto softwood backing.  This offers a more stable floor giving additional fitting methods. Some manufacturers now also offer an interlocking system similar to laminate flooring. These boards are also normally suitable for fixing over an under floor heating system.

The fitting options available are as follows:

♦ Glued down over a pre-primed screed floor using a polymer adhesive.
♦ Gluing the tongue and groove using PVA adhesive to form a floating floor over a suitable underlay.
♦ Secret nailed on top of an existing wooden floor in conjunction with a foam underlay.
♦ Replacing existing floorboards, secret nailed to joists with a building paper membrane.
♦ Interlocking joints in some products to provide a floating floor