Floor can be fix either by secret nailing, if the subfloor is suitable or by gluing
boards using adhesive glue directly onto the subfloor.
Not all floors have to be fixed to the subfloor. By floating floor, boards are glued
together, one to an other at tongue and groove using PVA glue. Often used over underfloor
heating or acoustic underlay.
Two types of hardwood are being used in general:
solid hardwood boards and engineered boards which consists of a layer of plywood
with a layer of solid wood on the surface. The latter is much more expansion and
contraction resistant and much more compatible with underfloor heating and designed
to be used in rooms where the temperature often fluctuate e.g. conservatories or
where humidity is susceptible to changes like in kitchens or bathrooms.
Both solid wood floors and engineered boards may come as pre-finished or unfinished.
Pre-finished means that they are manufactured already coated with several coats of
UV polyurethane providing a tough and durable finish. Pre-finished floors are easy
to install and very durable and don’t produce dust during sanding.
Unfinished wood floors require sanding, sealing and finishing with either an oil
finish, wax, lacquer or varnish once the floor is installed on site but it comes
in such a variety of colours and styles that we are able to achieve anything that
is aesthetically pleasing (gratifying?) individual desires of our customers.
The installation methods depend on subfloor condition and the type of wood chosen.
We offer a variety of installation methods of parquet blocks and solid wooden floors
to suit the type and condition of your subfloor including nailing onto battens or
existing floorboards, gluing down onto concrete and floating if necessary and have
an extensive experience of laying floors over underfloor heating systems as well
as installing acoustic insulation.