How to Lay Wood Flooring

 


If you want to improve the look of your home and achieve a solid, durable floor that will last for decades to come, wood flooring is an excellent choice. It works in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and just about any space, and it can be a cost-effective choice, as if it’s properly laid and finished it should last for many years.

How to Choose your Flooring

If the idea of wood flooring appeals to you, the first thing you need to know is what kind of wood you require. This depends on a couple of factors. Humidity can be important, for instance if you’re planning to lay a floor in a bathroom, but the most important consideration should be your sub-floor.

The sub-floor is the surface below your floorboards, which could be a cement sub-floor, a plywood sub-floor or a sub-floor consisting of solid wood joists. The type of sub-floor will indicate the best flooring for you to use.

If you have a cement base you can use solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring. Solid wood can be glued down and engineered wood can be glued or floated.

If you have a plywood sub-floor you can choose between solid wood flooring, nailed or glued down; or engineered flooring, glued down or floated.

If your sub-floor has wooden joists or battens the best choice is probably solid wood flooring, which can be simply nailed down to the joists.

Installation Options

Gluing down your flooring

If you choose to glue down your flooring you should get a very surface as a result. First of all you should apply a suitable adhesive to your subfloor. A flooring retailer will be able to advise of the right kind of glue to use. Then lay your floorboards onto the adhesive. On a concrete floor a damp-proof membrane is recommended to keep out moisture.

Nailing your flooring down

This is a simple method of installation and very effective for a long-lasting wooden floor. To install, nail to wooden joists or on top of existing floorboards. If you are nailing onto existing floorboards you should lay the new boards in the other direction.

Floating installation

An underlay should be laid to protect against moisture and to act as a layer of insulation. You should then apply PVA glue to the tongue and groove parts of your floorboards and lay them on top of your underlay.

More information on laying wooden flooring is available from ESB Flooring, as well as the flooring materials themselves.

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