Wood Floor Installation & Fitting
eSTABLISHED IN 1995
We set up our business in 1995. We are Members of The Guild of Master Craftsmen and take pride in our work. These days we take extra care when it comes to health and safety.
Our specialist teams, have an impressive breadth of experience, offering you the most professional service in our industry.
We draw on over 30 years of Floor Sanding experience, successfully managing and expanding our business as well as our customer base for the repeat business.
To deliver a 1st class service that remains highly competitive, we know we must constantly evolve and develop our products and services to stay ahead of our competitors.
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We have qualified and experienced estimators that cover the south east of England. Our services teams work from our head office in London.
Because we are part of the “FLOOR SANDER HIRE GROUP”, our buying power and insight to the latest up to date machinery is what keeps us apart from our competitors. We boast more professional machinery than any other company in the UK.
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Wood Floor Installation & Fitting Services London & Home Counties
When renovating, one of the most important decisions a homeowner must make is selecting the right flooring. The floor is an important part of the interior design. While some people elegantly cover this area with a carpet, there is another method that can drastically change the appearance of your floor: installing a wood floor. However, the method of wood floor installation as well as your floor covering must be carefully considered.
We have been serving customers since 1995 in London and the Home Counties. We offer Wood Flooring Installation services and will come to your home or premises to do a free consultation.
We’ve been giving wood floors a new lease of life since 1995.
If your wood floor is looking tired, we can sand it, varnish it and repair it, so it looks elegant and new again. But we can also install a new wooden floor.
And it’s not just about appearances. Improving your home, office, school, or church in this sustainable way can also have all sorts of practical advantages.
Hardwood floors are known for their quality, timelessness, and beauty – perfect for both residential and commercial applications. So don’t neglect your floor – give us a call today.
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Wood Floor Installation faqs
You might be surprised to learn that you can install hardwood floors by yourself. While it’s not a project for the faint of heart, if you’re handy and have some basic carpentry skills, you can tackle this project and save yourself some money in the process. However, without a natural ability and basic carpentry skills, the results might not be as you hoped.
The subfloor is the layer of material that lies beneath your hardwood floor. It provides a stable, level surface for your hardwood boards to rest on and helps to insulate your home from sound and temperature fluctuations. There are three main types of subflooring: plywood, particle board, and concrete.
There are a few things to consider when choosing between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors. Engineered hardwood is created by bonding together multiple layers of wood, with the top layer being made of solid hardwood. This makes engineered hardwood more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood, which means it can be installed over concrete slabs and in rooms with higher humidity levels. engineered hardwood is also less likely to shrink, swell, or warp than solid hardwood.
However, engineered hardwood cannot be refinished as many times as solid hardwood, so it may not last as long.
There are a few disadvantages of engineered wood floors to be aware of. First, because it is a thinner veneer, it can be more susceptible to dents and scratches than solid hardwood. Second, engineered wood floors may not be as durable as solid hardwood floors; they may last for 20-30 years with proper care but may start to show wear and tear sooner than their solid hardwood counterparts. Finally, engineered wood floors may be more difficult to refinish than solid hardwood floors, so if you’re looking for a floor that you can refinish down the line, engineered wood may not be the best option.
The first step is to determine what type of wood flooring you would like. There are many different types of wood floors available on the market today, so it is important to do your research and find the one that best suits your needs. Once you have decided on the type of wood flooring you would like, the next step is to determine the size of the wood flooring you will need. This can be done by measuring the room or rooms where you plan to install the wood flooring.
After you have determined the size of wood flooring you need, the next step is to prepare the subfloor. The subfloor is the surface on which the wood flooring will be installed. If you are installing the wood flooring over an existing subfloor, you will need to make sure that the surface is clean and free of any dirt or debris. If you are installing the wood flooring on a new subfloor, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for preparing the surface.
Once the subfloor is prepared, the next step is to install the wood flooring. This can be done by following the manufacturer’s instructions or by hiring a professional to do the installation for you.
After the wood flooring is installed, you will need to finish it. Finishing the wood flooring will protect it from damage and wear and tear. There are many different types of finishes available on the market today, so it is important to choose the one that best suits your needs.
The simple answer to that question is to decorate first. What we would ask is that the last coat of paint to go on the skirting board be applied after we have done the floor.
By the way, we also have a team of professional decorators if you would like to paint the room before sanding or installation.
Our Wood Floor Installation & Fitting Process
The installation of a wood floor is a simple process, but for the best results, it is always best to consult a professional because their knowledge, experience, and advice are invaluable to the longevity of your floor.
Before installation, the floorboards must be stored in their original packaging, unopened, in the room where they will be installed for at least 3 to 4 days, but preferably 1 week.
The temperature in the room should be the same as the temperature in the subsequent use (generally between 15 and 20°C). This crucial step allows the boards to adapt to the humidity of the room and, as a result, not deform after installation.
Wood floors can be installed and fitted in three ways:
1. Glue-down installation :
Glue-down installation is most commonly used for laminated wood floors and is the method to use if you have heated wood floors. The installation preparation is not difficult: all that is required is that we pay close attention to the glue we use. It is best to use polyurethane glue to avoid making a mistake.
We must first ensure that the surface is dry and sound before proceeding with the installation. Then, apply the glue to the insulation and the floor. We need to leave a space between the floor and the wall to allow for an expansion joint, then properly interlock the floorboards, and we’re done.
2. Nail-down installation:
Because of its technical nature, the traditional method of laying a solid wood floor is becoming increasingly obsolete. However, if you want to install a solid wood floor, it is still highly recommended.
To ensure a successful installation, we recommend that you first check the flatness of your floor before installing the joists. Begin installing the battens in the corner formed by the entrance wall and the right-hand wall, leaving a 5 mm gap between the first batten and the wall. Then, one by one, place the battens perpendicular to the joists and nail them in at an angle. Given the cost of a solid wood floor and the skills required, it is always recommended that you hire a professional.
3. Floating installation:
The main benefit of floating installation is that it can be done over any type of flooring. To begin the installation, we must first ensure that the floor is clean, then install insulation before proceeding with the installation of the wooden floor.
Place the battens parallel to the light, paying special attention to the first line. Place the first batten 10 mm away from the wall (use a spacer), then clip the remaining battens one by one. You’ll have to make some cuts at the end of the line to fill the empty space. We will continue to do so until the end.
Tips and steps for successful wooden floor installation:
• Check and if necessary rectify the supports.
• Apply an expansion joint around the area where the floor will be installed.
• Start laying the first line from the wall.
• Make sure the first line is straight.
• Remove the shims to reveal an expansion joint (+/- 1 cm).
• Put down the second line.
• The boards are laid one or two at a time along the entire length of the room.
• Each floorboard has its own nuances of colour and texture. In order to achieve an even appearance of the floor in the room, it is recommended to mix all planks from several packages before starting to lay.
Wood Flooring Installation After Care Advice
• Maintain the floor according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and use water with caution in any case (well wrung out cloth).
• Keep the relative humidity in the room between 45% and 60%.
• Keep the remaining slides in the resealed packages (sticky paper) and store them flat.
It is best to wait a few days, if not a week, after installation before applying the finishing touches to allow the wood to acclimate to the room’s temperature and humidity levels. After this period of adaptation, you can sand, wax, oil, stain, or glaze as you please!
It should be noted that beech shrinks more than most other common wood species. As a result, beech floors require larger joints in the winter, when the ambient climate is very dry.
Maintenance and Cleaning
In order to uphold the luxury, authentic appearance of engineered wood flooring, adequate cleaning and maintenance is required. A general rule of thumb is to avoid excessive moisture when cleaning. Gentle brushing, hoovering and mopping is acceptable. It is advisable to use a well-drained microfibre cloth/mop to minimise water saturation. For oil-based finishes, an appropriate oil wood floor soap is required to prevent the oil coating from wearing away. Lacquered finishes, on the other hand, can be cleaned using a regular wood floor cleaning detergent.
It is recommended to provide temperature conditions of 16-28°C and a relative air humidity of between 40-65%. Moreover, it is important to protect the flooring from abrasive materials and substances e.g., scouring pads, gravel and sand. Adding felt pads on furnishings, using an external doormat and ensuring items are not dragged against the floor, are a few ways of preventing scuffs and scratches. Fortunately, as mentioned above, good-quality engineered floorboards can be sanded and refinished with oil or lacquer.
Oiled flooring must be replenished with oil every 6-24 months to bolster the protection of the hardwood veneer. In the event of staining, a touch-up oil in the appropriate colour may be used to create a seamless finish. Lacquered finishes harden over time and this provide greater protection. As such, refinishing can be considered if and when the coating has worn off.
Our experienced friendly team are always happy to help. Be sure to contact us with any questions.