Wood Floor INSTALLATION | Types of Hardwood Flooring | Wood floor Fitting Recommendations | Installation Methods
Handling And Storage.
It is essential that you unload your hardwood flooring in dry weather, never unload the flooring in the rain as the moisture could cause the planks to warp. Your wooden flooring should be stored in a dry place at room temperature and if possible should be raised off the ground (on a palette for instance). You should store your hardwood flooring in the room that it will be laid for a minimum of 72 hours (preferably a week) so that it has time to acclimatise to the moisture and temperature of the room.
Preparing To Lay Your Flooring.
The most dangerous enemy of the hardwood flooring is moisture; you must ensure that the sub-floor (i.e. concrete, plaster or timber) is dry. This is especially true when laying hardwood flooring in a new build property where concrete floors will still contain a high level of moisture. Your solid wood flooring should have been allowed sufficient time to acclimatise to the conditions of the room in advance of installation. Any timber - existing flooring, joinery or battens - should have a moisture content of no more than +2% above the moisture content of the new floor. It is advisable when laying on to existing timber that you ensure it is treated against fungal or insect attack. Concrete or screed should contain a damp proof membrane and have a moisture content of no more than 5%. This is in practice almost impossible to achieve and so additional precautions should be taken to prevent moisture reaching the new flooring. However, it is worth remembering that any new concrete or screed will take approximately 1 day per mm thickness or 1 month per 25mm of thickness to dry naturally to a moisture content of 5%. The deeper the concrete slab the longer the period, for example a 150mm slab will probably take 10-12 months to dry back to a safe moisture level. The ambient conditions in the room should lie somewhere in the range of 40-50% humidity and a temperature of 15 to 25°C at the time of laying the floor. Only order the floor when you are ready to lay it. Under no circumstances store it in a room that is wet or outside, or even in a garage where it could pick up moisture. Take the floor into the room in which it is to be laid in the optimum working conditions and allow it to adjust to the temperature for a minimum of 72 hours - preferably 1 week. True acclimatisation will take a few weeks and this is best done after the floor has been laid.
Allowing For Expansion.
All wood floors will expand and contract over the course of the year. Typically hardwood will expand across its width during the summer as the air becomes more humid and the wood takes in the moisture, and shrink during the winter when the heating dries out the air and removes moisture from the boards. Kiln drying to 8-10% moisture content will minimise excessive movement. A gap of 15mm to 20mm should be left around the floor to allow for expansion. However, a floor laid in winter that will expand in the summer may require additional expansion to be allowed across the width of the floor.
It is recommended your wooden flooring to be installed by a specialist. Do not give this responsible job to just someone, it may cause you a lot of headache and additional expenses afterwards.
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