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Fitting engineered boards - Light coloured: like the walls, a floor is a blank canvas and can set the design tone for the rest of the room. When choosing a light engineered flooring get inspired from your current ambiance as furniture, walls. Light engineered boards will create the feeling of a larger space and according to the amount of the natural light supplied over the floor...

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Fitting engineered boards - Light coloured

Fitting engineered boards - Light coloured: like the walls, a floor is a blank canvas and can set the design tone for the rest of the room. When choosing a light engineered flooring get inspired from your current ambiance as furniture, walls. Light engineered boards will create the feeling of a larger space and according to the amount of the natural light supplied over the floor a brightness effect can be obtained.

Hardwood flooring can be smooth as marble with a high gloss finish or it can be as rustic as a log cabin with natural grain and knots showing through the finish.

Choosing a light hardwood floor can be exciting and you will love how it adds richness to any room of your home. Your floors can’t wait to be transformed with new wood!

A brief description of the work involved

Our light coloured 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, built-in cabinets and shelves etc.

Sub-floor types and checking: for a hardwood light coloured engineered floor the sub-floor, 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 sub-floors: wooden or mineral. The wooden sub-floors 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 sub-floors 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 sub-floor.

Sub-floor checking and preparation: this stage is so neglected and underestimated by many yet it's failure means the failure of the new light coloured 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 sub-floors 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 sub-floor 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 sub-floor 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 light coloured 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 south-east 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 sub-floor 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 a light coloured 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 light coloured engineered hardwood floor fitting.

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Fitting engineered boards - Light coloured: like the walls, a floor is a blank canvas and can set the design tone for the rest of the room. When choosing a light engineered flooring get inspired from your current ambiance as furniture, walls. Light engineered boards will create the feeling of a larger space and according to the amount of the natural light supplied over the floor...

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05/13/2017
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Alin was exceptional. He gave good guidance on what was needed, a detailed plan and estimate for the work, and delivered all that he said and more. He was very responsive to further detailed changes as the project proceeded, and he and his workers were polite and helpful throughout. We were especially impressed with the quality and detailed finish of the workmanship, as well as the care taken with the house and furnishings throughout the work. And all on time and within agreed costs.

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04/05/2017
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Alin was very professional and knowledgeable and was able to work around the heavy furniture without fuss. The job was done quickly and efficiently and the floor looks beautiful.

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01/30/2017
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The service that Alin provided was exceptional from our first phone call all the way through to the end of the job. He is extremely professional, reliable and thorough. Alin provided us with detailed explanations of the options we had and of how the work was to be carried out. Whilst fitting the floors Alin kept us up to date with the progress and the site was always clean and tidy at the end of the day. He is passionate about what he does and was a joy to work with. We are thrilled with our new floor. I have already recommended Fin Wood to friends and family.

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12/15/2016
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Alin and his colleague did a beautiful job of laying our new floor. They were hardworking and paid great attention to detail. We are really pleased with the finished product and will certainly use them again if we have any more wood floor laid.

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12/10/2016
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Great work and Alin was extremely professional, timely and high level of detail. He was so insightful and gave us many suggestions. Could not recommend more than enough.

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09/23/2016
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We love our new floor. And couldn't recommend Fin Wood Ltd more. Reliable, polite, respectful and very talented.

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08/24/2016
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Alin and his co-worker did an amazing job. Not only did they lay the floor, they also cut the wood to size to create the design we really wanted. They are particularly knowledgeable, reliable and pleasant. We would highly recommend them.

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04/09/2016
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Fin Wood did a fantastic job installing an engineered wooden floor throughout my flat. Alin and his colleague are very friendly, polite, courteous, punctual, tidy and professional. Alin is very helpful and answered all my many questions about wooden floors. Alin always ensured that I understood what they were going to do before proceeding with the work. They carefully moved around my flat making space as they worked through. The standard of work is extremely high and I am thrilled with the result. I am already planning the next project for Fin Wood and I am recommending them to my friends.

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02/08/2016
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Alin and his team were highly professional, very courteous and completed the work to very high standards. He also explained beforehand all the options I had with regard to choosing the wood and how to install it. The new floor looks very good. His quote was higher than others but it was definitely worth it. I can highly recommend him.

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12/11/2015
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Really friendly knowledgeable team who were happy to advise throughout the estimation. I am really happy with the result. Really clean throughout the works and the new floor looks fantastic.

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09/26/2015
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New engineered oak floor fitted

The quality of the workmanship by Alin and his assistant Luca was done to a very high standard. They were both very polite and Alin dealt with any questions and challenges in a timely and professional manner. I would have no reservations about recommending this company and we are delighted with our new floor.

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09/10/2015
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The quality of the new floor installation is excellent and they managed to remove just about all the creaks an groans in the sub-floor (anything not completely fixed was beyond their control). The apartment was left very clean. They started on time and completed ahead of schedule for the agreed upon price. Alin was also very helpful in advising on flooring materials, sourcing, etc beforehand. All in all, very professional, skilled and diligent craftsmen; would highly recommend!

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07/19/2015
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Wood floors installed in my lounge, hall and landing

From the first meeting with Alin through to the complete job, I was very impressed with Fin Wood. Alin spent time talking me through different options that would work best for my situation (I live on the first floor and have a very sensitive neighbour downstairs), provided professional and timely quote, was flexible on timing and the final job and even clean up was great. I can't recommend them highly enough and I absolutely love my floors!

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07/13/2015
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I am extremely happy with my new floor. Alin is very knowledgeable about his work and explains everything in great detail and with a lot of passion for the subject. Alin's quote was broken down well and whilst he was not the cheapest quote we received, I felt confident we'd get the results we wanted. Alin worked very hard whilst on the job and it was completed perfectly within 2 days and the skill he employs is obvious. We are very pleased.

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05/13/2015
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Excellent... Did a great flooring job ... Would recommend

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02/05/2015
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I had Alin recommended through a friend as I'd had some negative experiences previously and always prefer recommendations through work of mouth. Alin was fantastic, he quoted for the work quickly, and included links to all materials in the quote. His work is great, he sent me pictures of the progress every day and was really accommodating. I have early starts and he was at the site early to talk me through the work. Pleasant and diligent, I can't recommend him highly enough.

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01/18/2015
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Alin and his team did an excellent job. Neither the most expensive, nor the least, I chose him after meeting and discussing the project. His passion for his craft made the difference. He guided me through my uncertainties. Even when we disagreed, he helped find a compromise to satisfy me. I am delighted with the end result and have recommended him to others.

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12/22/2014
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We highly recommend Alin and his team to anyone who needs a new wooden floor. His level of professionalism, reliability and craftmanship were fantastic. It's great to work with such a good tradesperson and team and our new Fired Earth floor looks lovely.

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09/23/2014
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Alin pays excellent attention to detail and is clearly passionate about his work. His work demonstrated a high degree of craftsmanship, and a keen grasp of his art. He was responsive, reliable, and got reasonably well with our builder/ decorator who was managing the overall project. Unlike some other floor fitters who claim to be able to do other work, Alin focuses exclusively on wood floors. We strongly recommend Alin and would gladly use him again.

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09/20/2014
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Alin did a fantastic job, he was quick, reliable and showed a true passion for his craft. He performed this demanding job of levelling and laying an oak engineered floor within very tight time limits and with high attention to details. Definitely look forward to using/recommending him again in the future.

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06/16/2014
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When gathering quotes from several tradesmen, Alin didn't come out the cheapest, but I chose him because of his enthusiasm for his trade. Some tradesmen are clearly only after up selling with dubious interest in delivering. Not so Alin. He delivered high quality installation of an engineered oak floor. The project also required levelling of the floor and adding nosing to the stairs, which he's done meticulously. Always on time and helpful in advising for options in selecting materials and problem solving.

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05/21/2014
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Very professional, well mannered and courteous. Completed the job ahead of schedule.
I would not hesitate in using them on future jobs.

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05/09/2014
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Solid Timber Flooring

The job was done on time and to a very good standard. Very trustworthy and professional. I would definitely recommend and use Alin again.

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03/11/2014
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Alin fitted our new oak flooring recently and I can quite honestly say that he carried out a superb job from start to finish. He is thorough and pays attention to fine detail, which makes the final result outstanding. His detailed advice during the project enabled us to "be involved". I would highly recommend Alin, he is reliable, trustworthy and a true professional. His obvious passion for carpentry is commendable. I will most certainly hire Alin Cristescu for future projects.

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03/04/2014
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Having had a number of things done in our flat recently, I wish all our tradesmen were as hassle free as Alin. He arrived early and worked solidly on our floors, but was always polite and willing to stop to answer any questions we had. He also had that rare thing - genuine passion for his work. From the advice he provided to the quality of installation, Alin took great pride in his work and that showed in the final product, our floors look great!. Price was reasonable too. would recommend Alin in an instant

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