How To Install Your Solid Wooden Flooring
There are two methods avilable to you when installing your solid wood flooring. Both methods will give you a wonderful end result and choosing which method to use is down to personal preference and how confident you are in your DIY ability.
Install Solid Wooden Flooring Using Secret Nailing Method
You can install your new wood flooring by laying timber battens down on your existing sub floor in a perpendicular direction to the direction the flooring boards will be laid. Once this is done you can install your wood floor by laying the boards over the battens and before securing them with nails. To ensure a secure and hidden fixing the nails should be driven in a diagonal manner through the tongue of the board (see video). Once the next board has been fitted over the tongue the nail will be hidden and your flooring will have been installed securely but with no visible signs of nailing.
Install Solid Wooden Flooring As a Floating Wood Floor
The second method for installing wooden flooring is to fit the floor in a similar method as laminate flooring. Using this method of installation you’re not securing the flooring directly onto the sub floor but are instead creating a floating floor. Use a standard PVA wood glue (unless an alternative has been specified by the manufacturer) and apply a bead along the groove of your wooden flooring. Once this had been done, lay the board on the floor and proceed to apply a bead of adhesive to the next board. Then insert the tongue of the second board into the groove of the first and drive the joints home using a tapping bar, tapping block and a mallet which can be purchased from most DIY stores. This method results in the boards of your solid wood flooring being securely glued together and being held in place by its own weight.
As with any wooden flooring or laminate flooring please ensure you leave a minimum of 10mm expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. This allows the flooring to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity and avoids any chance of the flooring becoming damaged or rising up along its joints.
The expansion gap can be concealed using solid skirting boards or if this is not practical a wooden scotia or quadrant matching the wood of the flooring can be fixed to existing skirting boards to hide the gap.
To view our range of solid wooden flooring or laminate flooring visit us at www.blueprintjoinery.co.uk where we have a wide range of oak flooring, ash flooring, walnut flooring and more available to buy.