New Walnut Floor Replaces Water Damaged Laminate in Fulham, SW6

Good things can emerge from unfortunate events. In this case, the disappointment and stress of a water damaged floor was alleviated when we fitted a new walnut floor.
Posted on15-01-2020 by 102

Good things can emerge from unfortunate events. In this case, the disappointment and stress of a water damaged floor was alleviated when we fitted a new walnut floor. Our customers were delighted with their new floor and our work, commenting that we did “an excellent job installing a new wood floor. Competitive price, very professional team and they finished the job before the agreed time frame. Would recommend it.

The new engineered walnut floor in the living room

The new engineered walnut floor in the living room

Preparing to fit a new wooden floor

Our first job was to remove and protect the client’s furniture. We were then able to lift up the old, damaged laminate and inspect the subfloor below. Unfortunately, the laminate floor had been poorly fitted and had been placed on top of hardwood boards, which had been used previously when the flat was carpeted and these had to be removed. The boards had been fixed with thousands of staples, so removing these was a time-consuming task.

The old subfloor had to be removed

The old subfloor had to be removed

The steps leading down from the attic to the hall were stripped back

The steps leading down from the attic to the hall were stripped back

Once the hardboard had been removed, we were able to inspect the condition of the original pine floorboards and joists below. As these had allowed the water to pass through to the floor below, they were in relatively good condition. We just had to secure the lose boards, to prevent any squeaks.

The new floor was fitted on top of the original pine floor

The new floor was fitted on top of the original pine floor

Work in progress

Work in progress

The client chose an Engineered Walnut Three Strip floor. The installation was made slightly more difficult by the angles of the hall, as it featured two turns instead of running in a straight line. Once we had worked out our measurements, we were able to achieve a good alignment. As the flooring was supplied pre-finished, it was completely ready after installation, with no need for any extra sanding or sealing.

The walnut floor in the landing

The walnut floor in the landing

The new engineered walnut flooring in the kitchen

The new engineered walnut flooring in the kitchen

Fitting wood flooring on steps

The flat featured two steps up to an attic room, so we clad these in the same wood for a consistent finish. These were designed to match the clean, contemporary décor of the flat. There were original painted stairs leading up to the flat, so we created a piece of nosing to sit over the join between the top step and the new floor.

The steps leading from the attic were clad in the same walnut flooring

The steps leading from the attic were clad in the same walnut flooring

A piece of nosing was attached to the riser on the top step

A piece of nosing was attached to the riser on the top step

The flooring on the landing sitting up to the balustrades

The flooring on the landing sitting up to the balustrades

Installing Wood Flooring Without Removing Skirting Boards

We usually undercut skirting boards, so the wood flooring sits seamlessly underneath. However, due to the ‘click’ design of the tongue and groove profile, we were unable to do this with this particular floor. Instead we attached a thin strip of wood to the face of the original skirtings. Once painted, these blended in with the original, making it difficult to tell that they were a later addition.

We were unable to undercut the original skirting boards

We were unable to undercut the original skirting boards

Instead with secured an additional section to the front

Instead with secured an additional section to the front

It took the Fin Wood team five days to complete the installation. The new flooring was fitted in the hall, living room, kitchen and bedroom.

If your flooring needs to be replaced and you are considering wood flooring, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us to find out more about our services.

Location: Fulham, SW6

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