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Fitting engineered boards - Dark coloured: there is an elegant sophistication that dark engineered floors display. Whether it’s the mystery behind the dark colour or it’s the dramatic feeling they bring to interiors, dark engineered boards are well esteemed. Many are thinking that they can make a room feel too gloomy and cold but dark hardwood floors can actually make your home feel brighter...

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Fitting engineered boards - Dark coloured

Fitting engineered boards - Dark coloured: there is an elegant sophistication that dark engineered floors display. Whether it’s the mystery behind the dark colour or it’s the dramatic feeling they bring to interiors, dark engineered boards are well esteemed. Many are thinking that they can make a room feel too gloomy and cold but dark hardwood floors can actually make your home feel brighter when paired with the right colors, materials and by bringing natural light into your space. 

The secret to rightly value such floors in is to contrast dark engineered floors with brighter and cleaner colors in your furniture, walls, and ceiling. This helps keeping your eye focused on the brighter finishes, while underlining the discreet beauty of your floor. When choosing the favourite colour for your dark wooden floor is good to consider the wide range of finishes starting from pitch black oiled ones which let’s the grains to show, and the wood species like fumed oak, smoked oak, walnut, mahogany, rosewood, teak, cedar. 

A brief description of the work involved

Our engineered floor fitting service is designed to go above the industry standards and to produce exceptional results. Beside the common solutions, we developed our own special techniques. Bellow we provide a description of a comprehensive fitting service.

Furniture: many times we are asked to work having the bigger furniture items around. Indeed this requires extra care on our behalf so if possible we try to stack the lighter items over the heavier ones and move them in the safest area. Of course polyethylene dust sheets are used to cover the furniture, fireplaces, built­in cabinets and shelves etc.

Sub­floor types and checking: for a hardwood dark engineered floor the sub­floor, especially it's state, has the same critical importance are the foundation has for a building. Always a proper assessment is done before starting the the wok and after removing the existing covering (if it is the case). Mainly there are 2 types of sub­floors: wooden or mineral. The wooden sub­floors are made of pine boards, chipboard, plywood or osb and the mineral ones are usually screeds.

Existing covering removal: there are just a few floor coverings suitable to be considered sound sub­floors for fitting a new hardwood floor over. For this reason we have to remove them. Most encountered are carpet, laminate flooring, vinyl, ceramic tiles, old floating or glued wooden floors. For each one of these we choose the best suitable removal method to minimize the damages on the sub­floor.

Sub­floor checking and preparation: this stage is so neglected and underestimated by many yet it's failure means the failure of the new dark engineered floor. On each project we take enough time and insist in dealing properly with this stage. So, we have many dangers to cope with: damp in the floor and walls, rotten joists and/or boards, cracked or missing boards, loose areas of screed, uneven screed and many, many, many more.

If the desired surface to be covered with a hardwood floor is made of screed or concrete and is situated on the ground level or below we will strongly recommend to have a liquid DPM (damp proofing) rolled all over the surface. The chances to have a damp infiltration during the lifespan of your floor are very high so why not to be on the safe side. We apply this case also for recently done screeds which still contain residual humidity.

The screed sub­floors tend to present higher areas, "humps" which will be grinded. The cracked areas or lower ones as well as the loose ones will be repaired with epoxy mortar (water free).

For wooden floors all loose or squeaky boards will be secured. If we encounter a structural issue and if it's local we will deal with it otherwise this might generate an additional stage of work from a building company.

Sound proofing:  at this stage when the sub­floor is totally accessible we can work the sound proofing or impact sound reduction. Soon a blog post will accompany this stage for more details.

Skirting removal or undercutting: after we have the sub­floor totally prepared the skirting will be undercut or carefully removed to avoid as much as possible damages to the upper part of the wall. The undercutting process is very accurate due to our dedicated equipment and for so many times it provided a much better joint with the new floor than replacing it with a new skirting.

Doors and doorframes:  now the doorframes will be undercut too so the new hardwood boards will be neatly fitted under. Also the doors will need adjustment as the new floor height will stop them from moving. Thus they have to be taken off, trimmed only with the required height and hanged back.

Setting the alignment and the starting board: this is again a critical point for which we once again take the time to get all the measurements right. All the data is calculated, analysed and the best solution is chosen. Now we can cut the first board. If this one is right then all the floor will be right at the end. Usually the floor will be aligned according to the natural source of light.  The aim for this procedure is to obtain a symmetrical floor against all walls as well as parallel with all of them. Indeed, due to the walls layout, corner angles and walls curvature we can't achieve our aim on all sides. Because of this we measure from different perspectives so to ensure the most visible areas will look as you would like to.

Fitting the hardwood dark engineered floor: after so much preparation it's time to start fitting the floor. According to the agreed method of fitting we lay the underlay or start spreading the adhesive. We have the starting board prepared and from this we construct the floor. The boards which tend to slightly bounce up and down will be additionally secured. Still, if the floor is fitted floating, expect a degree of resilience. Thus we strongly recommend to opt for the glued down method (with flooring adhesive). Also when fitting the expansion gap will be considered all around the perimeter.  A signature of our crafted floors are the end joints. A lot of attention is paid to this particular detail to avoid having any 2 of them to close or to finish a row with a short piece of board. Because of this we get so many headaches with the poorly manufactured wood coming from south­east Asia in packs with a huge variety of lengths (the worst encountered case was with 14 different lengths)

Precision: by using different techniques we managed to reduce the number of additional mouldings used for a floor. These are another mark of our floors:

  •  precision cuts along the patio doorframes 
  •  seamless joint with tiled areas (when the ceramic tiles are cut in a straight line)
  •  special remaking of the exposed edges of a board (i.e. along the balustrade base rail)
  •  precision cutting around integrated elements (i.e. floor sockets)

Integrating a small step: many homes have had improvements over time like extensions added. Due to given conditions the added space may have a sub­floor which is lower than the main floor. This situation creates a breaking line in the continuity of the floor and by this the aim of creating a bigger space might not be achieved. We have created a solution to integrate the step in such a way that actually it becomes a discreet design feature.

Frames: seamless integrated frames are proofs of craftsmanship. You may choose to have them around the fireplace or to integrate an entrance doormat. The possibilities don't stop here and we would really enjoy to hear your ideas.

Fitting the skirting or beading: as the floor is now finished and if the skirting was removed earlier on, is the time to fit the new skirting. After the fitting is done the workmanship of a painter will be required to fill all the gaps against the walls and sometimes at corners which are to deviated from the correct angle.

Thresholds (door trims):  are used to join the new floor with the adjacent floor coverings (carpets, tiles, vinyl etc). We will match them as much as possible with floor colour so to achieve seamless blending. A proper threshold has to be fitted under the closed door, yet so many times the adjacent floor covering ends to much inside or comes to much forward. When possible adjustments are done on all sides to ensure the best finish.

Furniture back & felts: now all is done, the equipment loaded and the new floor thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. We will stick felt pads under the furniture and will rearrange it  as it was initially.

As a few notes about fitting an dark engineered hardwood floor:

  • Our state of the art cutting equipment will be connected to dust extractors. Despite all these a measure of chips and sawdust will result as they are blown away by the circular saw blades especially.
  • Also it is noisy. This is due once again to the circular saw blades when cutting, and not only.
  • It is best to be cautious, so according to the site conditions, wood type and source, the acclimatisation may be required which means to leave the wood inside the fitting area for about 2 days (engineered) or 7 days (solid). We recommend trustworthy suppliers which will deliver your floor with the moisture content according to agreed standards.

We hope that now you have a more in-­depth information about how to opt for a dark engineered hardwood floor fitting.

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Fitting engineered boards - Dark coloured

Fitting engineered boards - Dark coloured: there is an elegant sophistication that dark engineered floors display. Whether it’s the mystery behind the dark colour or it’s the dramatic feeling they bring to interiors, dark engineered boards are well esteemed. Many are thinking that they can make a room feel too gloomy and cold but dark hardwood floors can actually make your home feel brighter...

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03/21/2017
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Alin did a fantastic job. We were thrilled with the floor. Alin took great care to establish the effect I wanted to achieve. Gave me helpful guidance and advice and all with the minimum of fuss. The most professional contractor I have used for many years. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

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01/18/2017
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Exceptional from start to finish . Advice given at the beginning on different types of wood and finish was excellent , quote given was very detailed and clear . Punctual , tidy and the workmanship was first class . Alin 's unique method of laying the floor meant no untidy beading giving a great clean finish . Would recommend in a heartbeat .

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01/06/2017
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Alin and his team were very knowledgable, professional and accommodating from the first visit when Alin surveyed our proposed location. He was very detailed in his assessment and offered good advice when requested. During the installation Alin's team worked hard and were very careful. Their preparations to protect the contents of our flat from dust and care of our furniture were reassuring. Finally, the wood floor has been finished to an exemplary standard, it feels completely solid and looks amazing. Their attention to detail and care is impressive. We are very happy we chose Alin and Finwood

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07/16/2016
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The standard of the floor was outstanding. We hardly noticed they were there. Great guys.

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05/24/2015
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Highly recommend Fin Wood. Alin is a thorough professional - polite, courteous and punctual. He is an expert in the flooring profession and installed new floors to a very high standard. We are extremely pleased with his work. His helpful and honest attitude makes him a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Alin!

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04/19/2015
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Alin and his colleague were extremely polite, respectful of my property, punctual and pleasant to have around. They were hard workers and it was clear Alin wants to do his work perfectly. The work was completed to a very high standard and the floors look amazing. Afterwards the house was left very clean and dust free. I was impressed by Alin's knowledge of his craft. He was very helpful at every stage. Getting wooden floors fitted is a big investment and I'm very happy to have chosen Alin to do the work.

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03/24/2015
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I highly recommend Alin (Fin Wood). He was incredibly punctual, efficient and professional. He was very helpful when it came to choosing which wood to go for and very reliable.
I did a lot of research and got a lot of quotes before hiring him to do my wood floors and although he wasn't the cheapest I could find this only goes to show in his quality and craftmanship - definitely worth it.

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03/07/2015
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Super friendly, customer focused, explained everything very well, wonderful job.

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09/18/2014
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Great attention to detail. Alin really knows his stuff. I would recommend him to anyone. The only thing I would say is that more effort could have been made to stop the dust. But taking up the existing floor was a very messy job.

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09/18/2014
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Great attention to detail. Alin really knows his stuff. I would recommend him to anyone. The only thing I would say is that more effort could have been made to stop the dust. But taking up the existing floor was a very messy job.

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05/13/2014
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I was a bit nervous about using someone from the internet (rather than from a big company, or a friend's recommendation) but Alin was fantastic. He made an effort to sit down and really understand what I wanted, and then gave me a comprehensive quote.

He stuck to the timelines he promised and went out of his way to just get the job done when the inevitable gremlins arose in the property.

We were living in the flag throughout and Alin took care to be extra clean and tidy.

Five stars.

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