Engineered Wood Floor Installation in London Homes
If you are a London homeowner considering installing engineered wood flooring, then this article is for you. The first rule of thumb is to learn as much as you can about engineered wood and the general process of manufacture, as well as the best methods of installation and maintenance.
It’s good advice to only undertake a project such as this if you have more than rudimentary carpentry knowledge and are physically fit. Otherwise, seek the advice of a London Floor Sanding Company who can offer a free quotation and flooring evaluation before proceeding any further.
Whether engineered wood is right for you will depend on several factors:
1) The type of room
2) The amount of traffic
3) Heat and humidity
4) Condition of (or the existence of) a sub floor
In its broadest terms, engineered (or floating) wood is a hybrid of solid and laminate flooring. The mechanically manufactured boards are comprised of layers of compressed laminate with a topping of solid wood. Engineered flooring then can be installed over concrete sub floors, in shower and bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms where solid wood flooring is not recommended.
Engineered wood flooring for your London home
London homes that have original wood flooring too badly damaged to be refurbished can recreate that fresh hardwood feet at a fraction of the cost by installing a quality engineered wood floor.
If the original floor has no sub floor to speak of then an underlay must be used so that the planking has something to bond on to. If the home has under-floor heating then again the correct sub floor must be in place. If you are in any doubt as to whether engineered wood flooring is right for your home then you can play it safe and obtain a no-fee quotation from a knowledgeable London floor specialist company.
A common installation is the tongue and groove method whereby the planks are bonded evenly on the top edge of the ‘female’ side. For a professional finish make sure the end pieces of adjoining rows are at least 50cm apart. Before laying your first row carefully measure the floor area to determine whether the last row will be much narrower than the rest of the room. If this is the case then it is worth repositioning the first and last rows to make them equal.
Use a spirit level and if the sub floor foundation is uneven then apply a professional screed product or self-leveling mixture before attempting to lay the planks. If the sub floor is concrete based then you can use plastic membrane between the concrete and the boards and, depending upon the use of the room, an adequate sound deadening solution.
Engineered wood planks should be laid facing the window and incoming light. If the sub floor is made of wood you can lay the new floor across the planking. Use wooden spacers for accuracy throughout the process. Use a tapping block to persuade each board into place and ensure all tongue and groove edges are a snug fit.
Pipework, cupboard cut-ins and other anomalies can be accommodated by drilling holes and sawing off small areas of the planking. When the board has been laid then glue the off-cut in place. Leave all spacers in place and do not reposition skirting boards until all the glue has dried overnight. If your engineered floor is in a busy area then ensure longevity by applying a coat or two of a quality lacquer based finishing.
Your engineered wood floor is now ready to be used. With a very little maintenance and TLC your flooring will serve as a beautiful backdrop to any room which you and your family can enjoy for many years to come.