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Floor Fitting

Wood floor fitting is a very common choice for floor covering in both old and new buildings. It used to be a necessity back in the day when alternative building materials were not available. Today, however, it is the most popular choice for any modern interior. It’s hard not to see why – wooden flooring is durable, completely natural, and absolutely beautiful.

We are professional fitters of all kinds of wooden floors. No matter if it’s parquet, solid wood or engineered wood floor fitting that you need done, we have got the right solution for your project.

 

Find out more about wood floor fitting techniques and different types of flooring:

  1. Floor types
  2. Floor base
  3. Underlays
  4. Installation

Floor Types

Flooring type

Durability

Specification

Can be sanded?

laminate floorLaminate Low Easy to install layered planks. Layers most often include:

1. Laminate overlay
2. Decor (wood or tile effect) paper
3. Core layer (HDF/MDF/Chipboard, products vary)
4. Base Balancer

NO
engineered floorEngineered Medium Composed of two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank. The top layer is the wood that is visible when the flooring is installed, and is adhered to the core (or substrate) which provides the stability. Depends on how thick the top layer is
solid wood floorSolid wood High Durable, solid wood planks. Solid wood floor fitting can be performed on diffrent surfaces. YES
parquet floorParquet High Solid wood parquet blocks. Can be laid to create different geometric patterns. Very durable. YES

 

Floor Base

Floor base type

Flooring that can be laid on it

Preparations needed

floor joistsJoists
  • Solid wood
  • Securing and levelling the joists
concrete floorConcrete
  • Solid wood
  • Engineered
  • Parquet
  • Laminate
  • Concrete levelling
  • Damp proofing
old floorboardsOld floorboards
  • Solid wood
  • Engineered
  • Laminate
  • Securing floorboards
  • Replacing rotten boards
  • Hammering down the nails
chipboard floorChipboard
  • Solid wood
  • Engineered
  • Parquet
  • Laminate
  • None

 

 Underlays 

Underlay type

Example

Description

Can be laid on

Acoustic acoustic underlay Very common type of underlay. Suitable for upstairs rooms. Reduces noise.
  • Old floorboards
  • Chipboard
Thermal thermal underlay Reduces noise and works as thermal insulation at the same time. Suitable for ground floor rooms.
  • Old floorboards
  • Chipboard

Acoustic

+

Thermal

+

Damp proof

acoustic thermal moisture underlay More expensive underlay that combines characteristics of acoustic and thermal underlays. It also stops moisture from floor base.
  • Old floorboards
  • Chipboard
Damp proofing damp proof membrane Liquid layer that creates a membrane, that stops the dampness from concrete floor base from getting to floorboards. Essential when installing a new floor directly on concrete.
  • Concrete
Levelling levelling underlay Big sheets of levelling underlay reduce minor inequalities of the floor base.
  • Old floorboards

 

 Installation

Installation type

Description

Suitable types of flooring

tongue and groove jointTongue and groove Tongue / groove is added for easy installation.  Floorboards and parquet flooring.
glueGlue Quick and easy way of fitting a new flooring. It is not as durable as nails. Parquet or floorboards on chipboard or concrete (in case of concrete, damp proofing is essential).
secret nailsSecret nails Special nails that are not visible on the floor surface. Floorboards on joists.
click lock jointClick and lock Increasingly popular installation system. Requires no nails or glue. Laminate and engineered flooring.

 

And if you’re after something more than just wood floor fitting, we also:

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