Wood flooring is a product manufactured from timber and is a preferred choice around the globe. Wood which is available in different cuts, colors and styles is a common flooring choice of many modern homes. Solid wooden floors are manufactured from a single piece of wood. They are very easy to install.
Things to Remember While Fixing Wood Flooring to an Existing Subfloor
Follow a fixed method while installing solid wood flooring as it has a tendency to move. To avoid this problem in future, fix the solid wood flooring to the already existing subfloor which may be of timber or concrete.
- Fixing wood to timber flooring: – Nailing the solid wood flooring to the existing timber flooring is one of the best options. An underlay is not required here as you are already fixing the solid wood boards to the existing subfloor. If you decide on using underlays for the purpose, buy slatted underlays which have pre-cut slots allowing the floor and the subfloor to be glued directly.
- Fixing wood to concrete flooring: – Here we will need to first manage the moisture to minimize the wood floor contraction and expansion. If the concrete is not at one level, screwing a plywood or chipboard substrate over it and then gluing or nailing the solid wood flooring to it is the best option.
Steps to Install Solid Wood Flooring
Planning the Floor
Depending on the existing subfloor and width of your room, you may want to lay your wood either parallel or perpendicular to the joist substructure.
Getting the Subfloor Ready and Acclimating the Wood
Before installing the solid wood flooring, you need to make sure that timber or concrete subfloor taking into consideration the points mentioned above. Get the wood acclimated to the place. Leave the solid wood in that location for 6-10 days. Spring and Fall are the best seasons for this job due to less moisture and average temperature. You need to be careful while working during the summer and winter seasons.
Installing the First Row
The installation of the first few boards will ultimately decide how well your entire installation takes place. Therefore, place them carefully. Make sure not to leave any uneven gaps. Place the boards facing the wall and start from a corner if the boards have tongue and groove edges.
Continuing the Installation
While laying the next row, start with the section cut off from the board near the end of the previous row. Each joint of the solid wood flooring need to be tightened with the help of an edge block. When it comes to the pipes, mark the position that is being laid around it and drill a hole, a little larger than that of the pipe diameter. Next, make two cuts from the sides of this hole to the edge of the board. When you get to the pipes, mark the position on the board that is being laid around, drill a hole about 5mm larger than the diameter of the pipe, and make two saw cuts running from the edge of the board to the sides of the hole. Fix the board into position. Lastly, glue the piece of wood back into place behind the pipe.
Fixing the Last Row
While installing the last row, make a cut along the length of the board. Deduct around 15mm after measuring the space between the wall and the board. Saw the boards fix in place. Installing solid wood flooring is the best way to give your apartment or workplace a naturally warm and rustic feel. Its rich and attractive appearance adds style and value to your room.