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Fitting & Installation of Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Just Wood Flooring employ a small number of reliable and professional floor fitters who will install wood flooring for you. These fitters will travel to most areas of the UK. Please contact Just Wood Flooring to discuss your specific requirements.

Whether or not you consult Just Wood Flooring regarding experienced flooring fitters, it is strongly recommend that you employ an expert in this field to install your flooring it will inevitably cost a little more than a DIY installation but could prove vastly more cost effective than, for instance, a poorly fitted floor having to be repaired, taken up and refitted or even replaced!

Skilled and Experienced Wood Flooring Fitters

A skilled and experienced wood flooring fitter will be very aware of the following vitally important considerations and will be able to advise on many other, equally important considerations, including the most appropriate flooring to be used, appropriate fixing methods, the use of vapour barriers, underlays, expansion gaps and breaks, maintenance and aftercare.

Important Fundamental Considerations

When considering wood floor boards, against the myriad of alternative flooring options available in the market place or indeed when considering the suitability of wooden flooring for your project, it is vital that due consideration be given to the following factors (see more detail below):

  • Condition of the site where the flooring is to be installed.
  • Condition of subfloor over which the floor boards or alternative will be laid.
  • Likely range of ambient temperature that will be experienced in the building.
  • Likely range of relative humidity that the building and hence the flooring will be exposed to.
  • Anticipated traffic.

Condition of the Site

Damp situations and conditions of high humidity are simply not suitable to the installation of any wooden flooring, neither solid nor engineered.

The vast majority of complaints and problems associated with wood flooring arise where floor boards are inappropriately laid in conditions that are too wet.

Where wooden flooring is to be installed into a new building, an old building, a new extension or into any refurbishment project, it is vital that the building be given appropriate time to dry out and to lose much of the water used in its construction.

Literally gallons of water are introduced in construction by way of (for instance) wet weather experienced during the build, a new concrete slab, mortar in brick and block laying, traditional plastering, dry lining & skimming, emulsion painting etc. etc. this moisture must be allowed to dry off prior to the installation of any solid or engineered wood floor boards.

Doors and windows should all be installed and heating should be operational. The building should have been given time to gradually attain somewhere close to its long term ambient humidity levels.

Humidity checks must be carried out on the subfloor, on the atmosphere within the room or building and on the flooring to be laid using appropriate instrumentation, such as moisture meters and hygrometers, that can be hired and that most specialist wood flooring contractors will possess. The results of these checks should be recorded and if they demonstrate that the conditions are too wet (see table below) then either more time should be allowed for the drying of the site or an alternative to wooden flooring should be chosen. If the relative humidity of a concrete sub floor exceeds 75% then a wood floor should not be installed. Bear in mind that a new concrete subfloor takes in the order of a month per each 25mm of thickness to dry to acceptable levels appropriate to wood floor boards. This timescale is obviously dependent on factors such as temperature and degree of ventilation of the building. If wooden flooring is being laid over an existing wood floor, chipboard or plywood then the moisture content of the subfloor should be within +/- 2% of the moisture content of the new floor to be laid.

Attained moisture content of wood flooring exposed to variations in temperature and humidity.

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