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This post is dedicated to installation methods. This is one of the top questions which should be considered when deciding for a wooden floor. There are few main ways to install a wooden floor...
Posted on03-01-2016 by 1221
This is one of the top questions which should be considered when deciding for a wooden floor. There are three main ways to install a wooden floor:
- Glued Down
Of course some combinations between these methods can be chosen in some cases. Before installation the damp risk should be assessed and if required a DPM should be applied.
Glued Down - should be chosen for every floor (if possible)
Advantages - perfectly stable as the new floor will be connected and bonded on all the surface with the sub-floor so no flexibility or bounciness; copes very well with small level variations; long term durability
Sub-floor - leveled concrete and screed (not self-leveling compound), plywood, OSB; virtually on any levelled, continuous and stable floor without loose areas.
Application - the adhesive is spread with a notched trowel after which the wood is laid over. It will be hardened between 1 and 3 days (depending on adhesive).
Caution - it can be messy and also can ruin the wood finish if used by inexperienced and untidy fitter...
Floating - if the first method cannot be used
Advantages - It is a compromise for having a wooden floor installed quick and with minimum requirements for the sub-floor;
Sub-floor - almost any kind with minimum preparations
Application - over the sub-floor is laid a sheet of underlay and over it the wood boards will be installed by gluing them in the grove (to avoid any future separation)
Caution - the newly installed floor will be bouncy and in some areas where there are gaps or bumps a vertical flexibility will be noticeable. Also a small hollow sound will be present when stepping harder over the floor.
Nailed down - should used only for public areas
(not recommended for living spaces)
Advantages - very fast
Sub-floor - only on leveled joists or special wooden structure; also 18mm plywood
Application - with a flooring nailer, secret nails are driven diagonally above the tongue through the board into the supporting wood structure
Caution - there is a high risk for squeaks to develop in time, especially in the most trafficked areas which means that you are going to hear them with each passing.
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