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Fitting

We do not recommend floating solid oak or floating on any type of solid flooring options. To properly secure the floor, you must set flooring strips, also known as battens, along the subfloor for structural support. The grade of timber will determine how far apart the supporting battens need to be placed. Since lower-grade timber tends to be uneven or thinner, it will demand more support than higher-grade timber. Remember, battens need to be at the minimum 36mm deep to properly support a floor. Your best option fitting quality oak flooring is using the naildown method into 18mm plywood. This will give you the highest level of support for long-lasting flooring.

Naildown Method- nailing

The naildown method is usually done by using a nail gun and a plywood wooden subfloor. To properly secure the flooring with this method, the nail must be inserted at a 45 degree angle into the subfloor. This is one of the most popular methods for securing solid oak flooring, as it will secure your flooring without problems further down the line.

Glue-down Method - Adhesion Method

If you selected custom planks that are too thick for flooring nails, then an adhesive is the next best way to secure your flooring. To adhere flooring, you must use a grout tool known as a trowel to ensure the best adhesive results. Research for the appropriate adhesive that matched your flooring and weather conditions. Before gluing down your flooring, it is important to verify that the sub-floor meets the required moisture tolerance which is less than a eight per cent moisture rate. Once your subfloor is cleaned, cleared, and moisture free, you are then able to adhere your flooring to the subfloor..

Also, when fitting a solid wooden floor to the subfloor, remember to work only on small areas at a time, never more than a one metre section. During the fitting process, clamping the floor may be necessary in order to retain tension between the adhesive and the flooring.

Under-floor heating

If you plan on using under-floor heating beneath your wooden flooring, then we highly recommend for you to choose from one of our engineered flooring options for the best results. If you prefer to fit under-floor heating under solid wooden flooring, then keep in mind the possibility of swelling and condensing from the extreme temperatures variations, which can cause unsightly gaps within the flooring.

Expansion

Wooden flooring will expand from humidity, moisture, and temperature variations. When fitting any type of wooden flooring, you must ensure you leave space along the walls for expansion. If you don't, you will be left with unsightly cupping and warping between the planks. Here is a simple formula to determine how much space is necessary for your wooden floors: 1.5mm expansion x metre width = minimum expansion gap in mm.

Also, wood tends to expand more widthwise than lengthwise, so make sure you calculate according to the appropriate width. Generally, we advise to leave a 2mm gap every 8-10 rows to be safe.

Please note

Installing solid wood is something which we recommend only a professional fitter undertakes to ensure the best results - some product warrantees are invalid if the floor is not installed by professional fitter.

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