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Fitting Engineered Wood Flooring to Concrete

Fitting Engineered Wood Flooring to Concrete

Posted in Engineered Wood Flooring by Source Wood Floors on July 17th 2015
Are you tired of the dull-looking grey concrete flooring of your house? Do you want to revamp the aura of your beloved abode but can only shell out a limited budget? Satisfying these domestic wishes can now be granted, thanks to the advent of fitting engineered wood flooring to concrete sub-floor.

Two methods of fitting engineered wood flooring to concrete

Engineered wood flooring are sheets of wood assembled together to create an elegant flooring over a concrete base. Unlike the expensive solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring is more stable and can easily be altered once the preference of the homeowner changes. Flooring consultants use two methods of fitting engineered wood flooring to concrete: the floating and glued methods.

  •          The floating method

As the name implies, floating fitting method suggests that the engineered wood flooring is not directly fastened on the concrete base. For example, a 50-square metre wood flooring will only have the tongue glued to the groove while the entire expanse of the wood flooring will literally hover over the floor on an underlay. To keep the wood flooring in place, fitters ensure that the inter-linkages of the wood planks are strong,similar to the case of click type engineered wood flooring. This type uses planks that easily snap together in a semi-permanent manner.

  •          The gluing method

Gluing the floor to the concrete with a product such as Sika T54 or Sika 95 is the second method of fitting. Gluing the floor is suitable for both solid and engineered wood flooringand in our opinion the best way of fitting any floor. DIY - practitioners prefer this method due to its simplicity. Experts, however, recommend caution on the kind of glue that will be used since different types of wood will adhere better on specific kinds of adhesive. To prevent fitting mishaps, homeowners are advised to communicate only with the most reliable flooring experts like Source Wood Floors.

To ensure the success of a fitting task, it is important to measure the moisture content of the concrete too. Ideal conditions require at most 4% moisture content of the concrete base. If varying readings are obtained, consultants will advise placing of surface damp proof membrane on the concrete before wood installation. The specific types of damp proof membrane to use depend on the concrete thickness and humidity of the surrounding.

Consider these tips could help avoid the flaking of wood flooring away from the concrete. While fitting wood flooring to concrete can be an arduous task, it will definitely be rewarding in the long run. Imagine your loved ones coming home to an elegant abode and appreciating the cosy feeling that comes with using engineered wood flooring. That’s just priceless.


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