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What Are The Five Don'Ts When It Comes To Laying Wooden Flooring?

What Are The Five Don'Ts When It Comes To Laying Wooden Flooring?

Posted in Wood Flooring by Source on April 2nd 2014
Installing wood flooring is usually a simple process for anyone if the correct instructions are followed properly. As with many home improvement jobs, corners can be cut to make the process quicker and easier, but this can end up causing you much more hassle in the long run when you have problems with the wood.

Five Considerations Which Are Forgotten Before Laying Wood Flooring

Laying wood flooring can be done by anyone without expert knowledge; however there are some considerations which are often forgotten. To avoid any of these potential issues it is important to make sure you are careful in every stage of the installation.
  1. Not Checking The Wood’s Moisture – This is the number one problem which can occur with wood flooring as it is not anything that is visible at the time of installation. Wood expands and contracts when its temperature changes, so if you install the wood during the dry winter it can swell out again when it comes round to a humid summer, which will result in crushed edges and then bigger plank gaps when its turns cold again. The best way to deal with this issue is the install the wood in-between each weather condition and if possible use a moisture content machine to see if the levels are right for installing.
  2. 2. Not Preparing The Subfloor – Poor preparation of the subfloor is another common issue which can leave floors uneven or damaged over time. As well as ensuring it is not damp in any way, you must also check that it is completely level and clean of all debris, as this will affect the finished result of the wood flooring. It is also vital to make sure your subfloor is suitable for the type of wood flooring you are planning to install, as getting it wrong could mean you have to go through the trouble and expense of re-laying the entire floor.
  3. 3. Poor Layout Plan – This particularly applies when the same wood flooring is being installed in more than one connecting room, but can occur in single rooms as well. Often the walls in a room are not straight so if the wood is laid parallel to this it will slowly become crooked as each new row of planks is put down. The best way to avoid this problem is to start from the middle and work outwards, which will allow you to ensure there is symmetry and consistency throughout the floor.
  4. 4. Bad Racking – This is the placement and selection of the flooring in relation to each other. Often the planks in each pack will vary slightly in colour, so it is important to choose a variety from each one when you are laying the floor otherwise you will have colour irregularities between each side of the room. Making sure every joint is fitted properly to prevent small gaps from appearing and select varied plank lengths so the floor looks even and natural.
  5. 5. Not Enough Nails – Often a new floor is laid without enough nails to securely keep it in place. This can cause problems when the floor starts to come loose and moves slightly when walked on. Ensuring that every plank has enough nails will allow the wood flooring to last for many years without any issues.

Every Type Of Wood Flooring Available At Source Wood

At Source Wood we provide a massive selection of hardwood and engineered wood flooring, with many different colours and styles to choose from. If you would like advice about any of our wood flooring options please contact one of our friendly team who will be happy to explain everything to you. Email enquiries@sourcewoodfloors.co.uk or call 08456 021 781.


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